"Compulsory wearing of masks at the workplace makes no sense"

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During the pandemic, the state must enforce hygiene regulations and, where necessary, make improvements. However, a general obligation to wear masks at the workplace would not make sense in mechanical engineering.

Tomorrow, Thursday, the federal and state governments will discuss further action to contain the corona pandemic. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann explains:

"A second coronawave would have a devastating effect on the economy, indeed on our entire social life. Therefore the state must enforce the existing hygiene regulations and, where necessary, improve them. The more the federal and state governments work in sync here, the greater will be the acceptance for the necessary measures.

"In our companies, as everywhere else, the usual rules of distance apply, and where they cannot be observed, the obligation to wear masks applies as a matter of course.

As there is no busy public traffic in the mechanical engineering industry, such as in shops or restaurants, we do not believe that a general obligation to wear masks at the workplace makes sense. In our companies, as everywhere else, the usual distance rules apply, and where they cannot be observed, the wearing of masks is of course mandatory. Our companies pay attention to the observance of the rules for the very reason that a new wave of infection would also be a serious setback for them".