At all places where many people gather without keeping distance, you should generally wear a mask, whether this is mandatory or not. When worn correctly, a FFP2 mask has the best protective effects. Medical masks are also very strongly protective and it is mandatory to wear them in many areas of public life in Hamburg.
It is mandatory to wear a medical mask in the following situations:
- in public transport (or masks of comparable standard KN95),
- at the hairdresser‘s,
- when shopping (in retail shops) or at farmers‘ markets,
- Obligation to wear a mask for all persons present in gastronomic facilities and in retail shops; this includes the staff members. It is only allowed to take off the mask while remaining at your seat when further hygiene measures are taken (e.g. plexiglass screens as spit protection),
- Obligation to wear a mask indoor: during religious services, in hotels, educational and training facilities, at work, service or operational premises and other locations serving the purpose of professional practice. It is only allowed to take off the mask while remaining at your seat when additional hygiene measures are taken.
- Attention: It is mandatory to wear a mask in offices as soon as there are more than two persons in one office. This obligation to wear a mask also applies when the two persons are sitting far away from each other. Only when additional hygiene measures are taken (e.g. spit protection and regular airing), it is not mandatory to wear a mask.
- It is not mandatory to wear a mask if this is necessary for the exercise of the profession or during the provision of a service.
- Obligation to wear a mask in public buildings in Hamburg that are open to the public (offices, other institutions). It is only allowed to take off the mask while remaining at your seat or workplace.
- On public ways, streets and places as well as in public parks and any other public locations where it is not possible to keep a minimum distance of 1,5 meters from other persons,
- Obligation to wear a mask when entering open cultural facilities such as libraries and memorials.
You can find notes on medical masks in our overview of medical masks (https://www.hamburg.de/corona-maske/14847194/medizinische-masken/). It is generally recommended to use FFP2 masks.
Simple everyday masks and masks (face coverings) made of fabric are not permitted anymore at the places mentioned above. It is not permitted anymore to pull a scarf any other clothes over your nose and mouth.
In the event that it is not mandatory to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth or a medical face mask indoor, it is still strongly recommended to wear a medical mask.
Persons who are exempt from wearing a face covering or a medical mask due to health reasons must proove this exemption (original of a medical certificate or severely disabled person’s card) upon request.
Rules applying for children: Children under the age of 7 years are exempt from the obligation to wear a mask. At places where it is mandatory to wear a medical mask, children older than 14 years must wear a medical mask instead of a simple face covering. This means that children under and including the age of 14 years are allowed to wear simple everyday face coverings.
Notes on everyday masks:
In the event that it is not mandatory to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth or a medical face mask, it is still strongly recommended to wear a mask.
The following rules continue to apply:
- It is still permitted to use everyday masks at special public places where it is often narrow and people gather regularly, as long as there is no defined obligation to wear a mask (in this case, it is mandatory to wear at least medical masks).
- Parents, persons having the right of custody or supervising persons elder than 14 years must wear a mask on playgrounds.
- It is mandatory to wear a mask at all public ways, streets and places and in public parks if it is not possible to keep the mandatory distance of 1,5 meters from other persons.
- Furthermore, it is mandatory to wear a mask during weekends and on public holidays at certain hours and highly frequented parks and public places. Please see also the graphique illustrating the question „At which public places is it mandatory to wear a mask?" (https://hamburg.de//coronavirus/aktuelles/14435302/2020-10-10-maskenpflicht-an-oeffentlichen-plaetzen)