Covid-19 Mandatory Masks

Science • Medicine
Munich public transport company states 90% of passengers wear mask
Munich public transport company states 90% of passengers wear mask
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The head of corporate security at the Munich Transport Company (MVG) commented in an interview with "Die Zeit" about mouth and nose covering and passenger acceptance. Around 90% of these would adhere to the regulations and the MVG would have achieved the desired effect. The effort to achieve 100% acceptance would be too high, especially with possible limited success.

He sees the imposition of fines and fines critically and as a state task.

Politics • African
Malawi: Masks now mandatory in public places

Malawi has made masks mandatory in public places starting Friday night. Violations will be fined $15. Activists are urging the government to provide free masks. The government has also closed all shops located near hospitals and forbid public gatherings. Malawi has around 100 confirmed daily cases.

Science • Medicine
Berlin: 30,000 passengers without face mask in public transportation
Berlin: 30,000 passengers without face mask in public transportation
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After about a month into the enforcement of the mandated mask requirement, the Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) has counted 30,000 passengers who were travelling without a mask. In just 200 cases, contractual penalties of €50 were imposed and in 80 cases there were violent attacks on security personnel.

Politics • European • Germany
Germany: Officials 'very concerned' by rising numbers of Covid-19 cases
Prof. Dr. Lothar Wieler
Prof. Dr. Lothar Wieler Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute has said that negligence is to blame for an increase in cases. Over the last seven days, Germany has registered a daily average of 557 cases, compared to around 350 in early June. The number of new infections nearly doubled to 633 on Tuesday, up from 340 on Monday.

Tuesday, during his first press conference in weeks, Wieler said: "The rise has to do with the fact that we have become negligent.". He also asked people for the first time to wear a mask outdoors if they cannot maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres.

Politics • American • US
Arkansas US senator tested positive for Covid-19 after sharing article that describes virus as "hoax"
Arkansas US senator tested positive for Covid-19 after sharing article that describes virus as "hoax"
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The Republican senator for Arkansas Jason Rapert has contracted Covid-19 and has been hospitalised with pneumonia on July 24th.

While he previously shared an article on Facebook that has called the Covid-19 pandemic the "biggest political hoax in history" and criticised the mandatory mask order of the Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson. He described the order "an overreach of executive power without consultation with the members of the Arkansas legislature".

After being hospitalised, he then released a statement saying that "we have all been doing our best to wear a mask, social distance and be careful like everyone else. This virus is serious and can attack anyone regardless of age or general health".

Health
Swiss government says plastic face shields are inadequate protection
Swiss government says plastic face shields are inadequate protection
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The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health warns of the usage of plastic face shields – or visors – over face masks. A spokesperson said that "the visors do not serve as an alternative to hygiene masks. Visors can be worn with masks to further enhance your own protection." Health officials recommend wearing a visor in tandem with a face mask.

After an outbreak in a hotel in the canton of Graubünden, health officials found that all those who wore plastic face shields were infected with the novel Coronavirus while those who wore face masks were not.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Delta Airlines CEO states that over 100 passengers have been banned over mask requirement
Delta Airlines CEO states that over 100 passengers have been banned over mask requirement
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The CEO of Delta Airlines ED Bastian has stated in an interview with NBC News that as Covid-19 measures all planes are getting sanitized, booked to only 60 percent of their capacity and all passengers and employees are required to wear masks on the planes at all times.

He also stated that over 100 people have been banned from flying over refusing to wear a mask. People that claim to have a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask are required to talk to a Doctor from the University of Pittsburg Medical Center in order to assess if the condition indeed prevents passengers from wearing a mask on the airplane.

Politics • American • US
Donald Trump changes standpoint regarding masks, recommends wearing them
Donald Trump changes standpoint regarding masks, recommends wearing them
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United States President Donald Trump has changed his standpoint regarding facial masks. In his first Covid-19 press briefing in months, he encouraged the public to wear masks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible to slow down the spread of Covid-19.

He also said that the pandemic "will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better".

Health
Austria reinstates mandatory masks in grocery stores, banks and post offices
Austria retailer Interspar
Austria retailer Interspar Credit: Herzi Pinki / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Starting Friday, masks and face coverings will be mandatory in Austrian supermarkets, banks and post offices amid rising Covid-19 cases. The mandate had been lifted in mid-June for most public indoor places except in public transport, medical facilities and small spaces such as hair salons.

The country has reported between 80-130 daily cases for the past week, its highest numbers since mid-April.

Politics • European • France
People in France will be fined €135 if they fail to wear mask in public places indoors
People in France will be fined €135 if they fail to wear mask in public places indoors
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The French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces will be compulsory from next week on, tying it to a fine of €135 if people fail to comply. This expansion of the mandatory mask requirements comes after an increase in Covid-19 cases has been noted and comes in addition to the existing requirement of wearing masks on public transportation.

Politics • African
Zimbabwe: ~100,000 arrested since March for violating Coronavirus regulations
Zimbabwe Republic Police Headquarters
Zimbabwe Republic Police Headquarters Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Over 105,000 Zimbabweans have been arrested since March. Those arrested were violating regulations that are in place to curb the further spread of the Coronavirus, e.g. "unnecessary movement", breaking quarantine and not wearing masks. Around 1000 people were arrested over the past two days.

Politics • American • US
Colorado issues statewide mandatory mask order
Colorado issues statewide mandatory mask order
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Amid rising Covid-19 numbers in the state of Colorado, Governor Jared Polis has issued a statewide mask order. Everyone over the age of 10 will be required to wear face masks or facial coverings in all public indoor spaces. The order takes effect at midnight.

"Look, in Colorado, there's no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service. Very simple," so Polis during a news conference on Thursday.

Politics • American • US
U.S. reports over 70,000 new Covid-19 cases – new single-day record
U.S. reports over 70,000 new Covid-19 cases – new single-day record
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On Thursday, the United States reported over 70,000 Covid-19 cases, a new single-day record. The Washington Post lists more than 71,000 cases while the New York Times reports over 75,600 cases. Most U.S. states have issued a mask mandate and have rolled back several reopening measures.

Health
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
CVS, Target make face masks mandatory for customers
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Target and CVS announced on Thursday that they would require all customers to wear a mask or face covering when entering their stores, following other large retailers such as Walmart, Costco and Apple.

"With the recent spike in COVID-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20," so CVS on Twitter.

Politics • European • France
France: Mandatory masks in public indoor places
Women wearing face masks on public transport
Women wearing face masks on public transport Credit: unsplash.com/Marco Testi

Face masks will be mandatory in public indoor places starting next week. Until now, masks have been compulsory on public transport and in public spaces where an adequate distance couldn't be maintained.

Business • Consumer & Service
Walmart makes face masks mandatory for customers
Walmart makes face masks mandatory for customers
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Walmart announced on Wednesday that it would require all customers to wear a mask or face covering when entering its stores, following other large retailers such as Best Buy, Costco and Apple. Walmart's face covering policy will take effect on July 20 in around 5,000 – roughly 65% – of its stores.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
Face Coverings Compulsory in England Starting 24 July
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store
Woman wearing face mask inside a clothing store Credit: unsplash.com/Arturo Rey

After PM Boris Johnson had urged the English population to wear face mask inside shops, face coverings will be compulsory in England from 24 July on, following Scotland and other European countries. Labour had previously demanded "urgent clarity" and called the ministers' response "slow and muddled", questioning the time until the regulation takes effect. 

Politics • American • US
Louisiana makes masks mandatory, closes bars
Louisiana makes masks mandatory, closes bars
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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced a mandatory mask requirement and the closure of bars with food-permits starting Monday. Gathering, both outdoor and indoor, will be limited to 50 people. The state reported over 2,000 cases Saturday, the third-highest number since March.

"If you don't like the mask mandate, then don't like it. But wear your mask anyway if you're going to be out in public," so Edwards in on Twitter.

Politics • European
Prime Minister of Ireland introduces law to make face masks compulsory, introduces fines and prison time for non-compliance
Prime Minister of Ireland introduces law to make face masks compulsory, introduces fines and prison time for non-compliance
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The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Micheál Martin has announced that from Monday on wearing face coverings on public transport will be compulsory and non-compliance will can be penalized with fines up to €2,500 and/or six months in prison.

Exempt from the rules will be children under the age of 13, as well as people that have trouble breathing or that can not remove the face covering without help.

He also stated that people outside of public transport are encouraged to wear face coverings during social gatherings where social distancing does not work.

Business • Economy
Starbucks makes face masks mandatory for customers
Starbucks makes face masks mandatory for customers
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Starbucks announced that customer would be required to wear face masks when entering its U.S. based coffee shops, starting July 15. In a statement issued Thursday, the coffeehouse chain said it would enhance cleaning measures and ad additional precautions, such as taking their employees temperatures.