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Public transport, taxi

Rules and recommendations

Public and intercity transport

Obligation to cover your mouth and nose –  with a respirator or other protective device without an exhalation valve with a filtration efficiency of at least 94% (class FFP2 / KN 95) applies to all means of public transport including cable cars if their cabins are closed, you do not have to have your mouth and nose covered at bus/tram stops and train platforms, but we strongly recommend that you do. In waiting rooms inside buildings, it is necessary to have your mouth covered with a respirator or surgical mask if it is not possible to keep a distance of at least 1.5 meter from other people.

This obligation also applies to taxis.

Within the obligation of wearing a respirator there is an exemption for children who have not yet started compulsory schooling, persons with intellectual disabilities and severe mental disorders, if they cannot wear a mask due to their condition and persons who cannot have them for health reasons - but this must be proved by a confirmation from a doctor and this confirmation must also state what respiratory protective equipment this person may wear or that he/she cannot wear any respiratory protection. 

You also do not need to wear a respirator during the time required to eat or drink. However, if possible, consume food and drink only after getting out of the vehicle. This will protect yourself and others.

Children under the age of 15 can use a surgical mask as protection, but we recommend they use a respirator as well. 

The exemption also includes any public transport drivers who do not get directly in contact with other people, e.g. they operate in a separate compartment.

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Frequent questions about this topic

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