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Short Update: German federal state increases administrative fines for COVID-19 infringements

FairTrialsAdmin - August 24, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences

The Government of the federal state of Bavaria has significantly increased the administrative fines for infringements of COVID-19 protective rules such as using public transport without wearing a protective mask or breaking quarantine. According to the First Minister of Bavaria, Markus Söder, an infringement of the obligation to wear protective masks in trains or in closed rooms will be sanctioned with an administrative fine to the amount of EUR 250 (currently the fine amounts EUR 150). An administrative fine of EUR 500 will be imposed in case of multiple infringements. People who break quarantine rules will have to pay a fine of EUR 2,000 which is twice as much as today. The new rules will apply from Tuesday, 25 August 2020. 

The First Minister also added that these measures were necessary because of the currently rising infection figures caused by travellers who return to Germany and increasing carelessness of the citizens. In Bavaria, he said, the police should help monitor compliance with the COVID-19 protective rules in the future. At present, the Bavarian health authorities are exclusively responsible for this (see br.de press article in German). 

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