BDA rejects the general requirement to wear a mask at the workplace

Photo: Sign saying
Photo: Sign saying "Mask on" (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – The Confederation of German Employers (BDA) rejects the legal mask requirement at work brought into play by CDU boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. “It is good and right that distance and hygiene rules apply everywhere – of course also in the offices,” said BDA managing director Steffen Kampeter of “Welt” (Tuesday edition). It is certainly advisable to also wear mouth and nose protection in places where distances cannot be maintained.
But: “It does not seem very convincing to generally prescribe the wearing of mouth and nose protection. We do not consider general regulations to be very effective,” says Kampeter. The companies are very committed to restructuring their processes and implementing targeted measures to protect employees so that they can work safely in the workplace.

“If mouth and nose protection makes sense, it can be agreed by those involved on site as a social partner,” said Kampeter. “The responsibility to decide what is most suitable and practicable on site rests with the companies and their employees themselves.” Kramp-Karrenbauer had advocated a general mask requirement in the workplace in the “Welt am Sonntag”.

“That could definitely be a step that is also mandatory nationwide, at least if it could prevent entire industries from being closed,” she said.