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Short Update: German federal state plans increase in fines for COVID-19 infringements

FT Admin - August 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences

The Government of the German federal state of Lower Saxony plans to significantly increase administrative fines for infringements of its COVID-19 protective rules, such as entering a shop without wearing a protective mask or not keeping a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people. According to the draft proposals, the fine for not wearing a protective mask in shops will increase from 20 euros to 50 euros.  People who are fail to keeping the minimum distance of 1.5 metres could have to pay a fine of up to 400 euros. 

In addition, an administrative fine of up to 3,000 euros will be given to people who do not spend 14 days in quarantine after returning to Germany from a high risk area. Travellers who don't inform the public health office after returning from a high risk area could be fined up to 2,000 euros.  

A spokesman of the Lower Saxony Association of Towns and Muncipalities said that these measures were necessary because of some citizens’ increasing carelessness. The local authorities and the police will monitor compliance with the COVID-19 protective rules. The draft is currently being coordinated between the ministries and the local authorities and is expected to come into force around the middle of this week.  Read about these proposals in German

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