The obligation to wear a face mask in NRW

29/03/21

In the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), wearing a face mask for medical purposes (surgical face masks or FFP2 masks) is currently mandatory:

  • in enclosed spaces of commercial, cultural and leisure facilities with public and customer traffic;
  • at points of sale or on markets outdoors;
  • at events with more than 25 participants outdoors;
  • in medical practices and similar health care facilities;
  • in gastronomic establishments;
  • on public places and streets from 10am to 10 pm where, due to the large amount of public traffic, it is not possible to ensure that the minimum distance of 1.5 m is maintained throughout.
  • during the use of transport services of passenger transport and its facilities;
  • in enclosed spaces of commercial facilities with public and customer traffic.

 

Note: Anyone who disregards the obligation to wear a face mask for medical purposes is prohibited to use the corresponding offers or enter facilities. Violation of the mask requirement on public transportation is a misdemeanor and will be punished. A fine of 150 euros applies.