Baden-Wuerttemberg, home to US European Command, is latest German state to require masks in stores
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 21, 2020
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Masks will be required when shopping or taking public transportation beginning Monday in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, including its capital city of Stuttgart, which is home to about 28,000 Americans connected to the U.S. military.
The decision, announced Tuesday by state officials, follows similar measures by governments in Bavaria and other parts of Germany. State Minister President Winfried Kretschmann said the reason masks are now mandated is that too few people were following the state’s recommendation that mouth and nose coverings be worn in public.
In Germany, some restrictions have been lifted as the pace of new coronavirus cases in the country begins to slow. On Monday, small businesses were allowed to open provided they maintain hygiene precautions and social distancing.
Military personnel on bases in Stuttgart and elsewhere are already required to wear masks when 6 feet of social distance can’t be maintained. Masks also are generally required for troops in Germany when visiting on-base shops, such as the commissary.