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Short Update: Administrative fines for infringement of COVID-19 protective rules in Northrhine-Westphalia

FairTrialsAdmin - August 19, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

According to the Corona Protection Ordinance ("Coronaschutzverordnung") of the German federal state ("Bundesland") Northrine-Westphalia, using public transport without a protective mask is an administrative offence. An administrative fines of EUR 150 will be imposed for each infringement. 

Furthermore, in Northrine-Westphalia the obligation to wear protective masks, for example in closed rooms or at weekly markets, has been extended until 31 August 2020. 

In addition, protective rules apply to travellers who return to Germany from a high risk area. Any traveller who is tested positive for COVID-19 has to spend 14 days in quarantine after the journey. This also applies to travellers who do not wish to be tested. Quarantine is not necessary if the test for COVID-19 is negative. 

The Northrhine-Westphalian Ministry of Health justifies these continuing protective measures with the currently rising infection figures at the end of the travel season (see ruhr24.de press article in German). 

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