Bonn / Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) – The door to the specialist store in Bonn opens. A client comes out – with a medical mask on her face. Despite the relaxation of the corona measures, many people in the shopping street remain with their mouths and noses when they go to a store, reports a dpa journalist. So far it has only been omitted occasionally. There are also signs on some stores asking you to continue using masks.
The situation is similar in Düsseldorf: In the pharmacy and supermarket, most customers continue to wear the mask that has become part of everyday life during the corona pandemic. Many sellers are also keeping their mouth and nose protection on for the time being.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, most Corona requirements were no longer applicable on Sunday evening. The mask requirement in indoor public spaces also ended – it remained only on local public transport, in medical and nursing facilities and in public facilities for the common accommodation of many people.
Classes in schools also started on Monday without an obligation to wear a mask, but according to Minister for School Yvonne Gebauer (FDP), schoolchildren can continue to wear a mask voluntarily. That’s how Dortmund’s Luisa does it.
The seven-year-old girl rides a scooter to primary school, wearing a pink polka dot helmet and a wrist mask. “You’ll still be using them until the Easter holidays, okay?” her father said next to her. Luisa is not the only student wearing a mask in North Rhine-Westphalia classrooms on Monday. Many children and young people continue to wear mouth and nose coverings. Principals also reported that only a few took advantage of the relaxation and sat in the classroom without masks.
The majority of his pupils continued to come to class wearing masks on a voluntary basis, said Lutz Hamann, director of the Freiherr vom Stein school in Gütersloh, when interviewed by the dpa. He doesn’t expect a split in the student body between those who wear masks and those who don’t, the high school principal added.
“More than 90% of our pupils wear masks,” said Reinoldis and Schiller High School in Dortmund. “You are very disciplined. The teachers all wore masks at the start of the last week of school before the Easter holidays, as deputy headmistress Miriam Rychter said.
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