July 25, 2021

Rhineland-Palatinate lifts the mask requirement in class and outdoors – SWR news

In Rhineland-Palatinate, students and teachers no longer have to wear a mask in class from Monday. In the open air there is no mask requirement for all citizens, according to the state government.

The red-green-yellow state government is reacting to the significantly lower number of corona infections. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) said: “Masks have a key role in fighting pandemics. Since the number of infections is currently falling reliably, we can still relax the mask requirement.”

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Mask requirement is lifted for all school years

She is particularly pleased that there will be facilities for the students from next week. “As of Monday, all age groups will no longer have to wear a mask at the seat or in the school yard as long as the incidence is below 35,” said Dreyer after a meeting of the Rhineland-Palatinate cabinet. On Tuesday, the incidence nationwide was 14.7.

Education Minister Stefanie Hubig (SPD) added: “Teachers no longer have to wear a mask in class either. School communities or individuals are of course free to continue to wear masks if they so wish.” The protective mask should therefore be worn on the way to the place in the classroom.

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According to Hubig, the decision was also made at the request of the State Parents’ Council. The Education and Science Union (GEW) in Rhineland-Palatinate had also spoken out in favor of further easing or abolishing the mask requirement in schools.

There is no need to wear a mask outdoors for all citizens

As a matter of principle, people in Rhineland-Palatinate no longer have to wear a mask outdoors from Friday. Prime Minister Dreyer said, “unless there is a crowd, for example in the queues.” Accordingly, the mask requirement continues to apply in indoor areas, such as in retail stores as well as in buses and trains.

According to Dreyer, the mask requirement can generally be omitted for events with fixed seats. However, she continued to urge caution with regard to Great Britain. “The dangerous Delta variant of the virus is on the rise there. This reminds us all that the virus has not been defeated and the pandemic is not over yet.”


The seven-day incidence is falling significantly in Rhineland-Palatinate, but the coronavirus is still the dominant issue in the country. The current development here in the blog.

Updated hygiene plan includes relaxation for breaks at schools

At the schools in Rhineland-Palatinate, an updated hygiene plan has been in effect since the start of face-to-face classes this Monday (June 14th), giving elementary and special needs pupils breaks in the schoolyard without a mouth and nose mask and without a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people enables. Sports lessons outdoors are also possible again without a mask and distance. In the interior of the schools, distance and mask requirements still apply.