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Short Update: German train operator deploys security teams to ensure passengers wear masks

FairTrialsAdmin - August 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Rule of Law, Extended police powers

In Germany, under current national law everyone who travels by train has to wear a protective mask. According to the German train operator Deutsche Bahn, most passengers stick to this rule, however, even passengers who refuse to comply usually do not have to face harsh penalties, as the train crews do not have the power to impose sanctions. 

As a result, security teams have been deployed on 60 Deutsche Bahn trains to assist the train crews in ensuring all passengers wear protective masks, and Deutsche Bahn have announced that the number of security teams would be doubled until 1 September 2020.  

The obligation to wear protective masks on public transport applies nationwide. But the German federalism leads to different rules on train platforms. In the German federal states ("Bundesländer") Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, for example, there is no obligation to wear protective masks on platforms, but there is in other federal states (see rnd.de press article in German). 

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