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Germany: Bavarian Higher Administrative Court Upholds Requirement to Wear Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

(May 14, 2020) On May 7, 2020, the Bavarian Higher Administrative Court (Bayerischer Verwaltungsgerichtshof, BayVGH) denied a preliminary injunction against a regulation to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus adopted by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care that, among other things, makes wearing face masks in retail stores, shopping centers, department stores, and on public transportation mandatory for persons over the age of seven.
Facts of the Case
On May 1, 2020, the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care adopted the Third Regulation on Measures to Protect Against Infectious Diseases (Third Regulation). Among other things, the Third Regulation mandates that persons over the age of seven must wear masks covering their mouth and nose in retail stores, shopping centers, and department stores, as well as on public transportation. (Third Regulation §§ 4, 8.) The duty to wear face coverings entered into force on May 4, 2020. (§ 12.)
The Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care used section 28 of the German Infection Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, IfSG)) as a legal basis for the measures. Section 28 provides that the competent authority may take the necessary protective measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The plaintiff alleges that wearing a face mask is not necessary in this sense because there is no conclusive evidence that they help contain the spread of the virus. Instead, they can only complement other measures such as physical distancing and hygiene rules, as also stated by the federal government and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s public health institute. (BayVGH para. 9.)
The Court denied the preliminary injunction requested by the plaintiff. (Paras. 12, 13.) It held that the order to wear masks can be based on section 28 of the Infection Protection Act, stating that the law does not set quality standards for the protective measures. (Para. 19.) In the opinion of the Court, even though the effectiveness of nonmedical face masks (also called “community masks”) to reduce the number of infections has not been scientifically proven, there is evidence to suggest that when community masks are properly used, they might reduce the spread of the virus by minimizing the excretion of respiratory droplets from individuals. This conclusion is supported by the RKI, which states that the protective function of community masks is at least plausible and they are an appropriate complementary measure to other preventive measures for reducing the spread of the virus. (Para. 20.)
The Court further held that the standards for judging the appropriateness and necessity of protective measures in the current pandemic must not be excessive because other measures such as vaccines or sufficient medications are not available. (Para. 21.) It pointed out that the legislator has broad discretion and that the requirement to wear a face mask must also be seen in the light of reopening the economy. Wearing face masks will allow for the lifting or easing of other measures or prohibitions if done in addition to hygiene rules and physical distancing. (Para. 23.)
However, the Court criticized that the Third Regulation does not include the possibility of getting a waiver from the requirement to wear a face mask, even though wearing a mask might be impossible for some people due to a disability and noncompliance carries a fine. In the opinion of the Court, an FAQ on the website of the Bavarian ministry that states that people whose disability prevents them from wearing a face mask are not required to wear one is insufficient to overcome this normative deficit. It pointed out that the legislature has rectified this normative deficit and codified explicit exceptions in the Fourth Regulation , which entered into force on May 11, 2020. (Para. 25; Fourth Regulation § 1, para. 2.) However, the Court stated that the question of whether the Third Regulation can be interpreted to include such exceptions must be reserved for the main proceedings and cannot be decided in a preliminary injunction proceeding. (BayVGH para. 25.)
Lastly, the Court held that when it weighed the fundamental rights at issue, the rights of other people prevailed over the rights of the plaintiff. It stated that the time-restricted infringement of the basic right to personal freedom ( Basic Law art. 2, para. 1), which is limited to shopping and public transportation, must give way to the right to life and physical integrity (Basic Law art. 2, para. 2, sentence 1) of people who are in need of treatment or who are (terminally) ill. (BayVGH para. 27.)
The order cannot be appealed. (Para. 29.)
Courts in Berlin and Bremen  have rejected similar challenges against the duty to wear face masks. shares this Contents always with License.

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