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School lessons: seat mask requirement eliminated as of Nov. 2

From Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the mask requirement at the seat during school lessons is to be abolished. This has been announced by the NRW Ministry of Education.

Since the number of infections among students has continued to decline and the vaccination rate has increased, the state is abolishing the requirement to wear a mask when sitting in class. Masks are no longer required outside the school. It will then only apply in the rest of the school building.

On the first school day after the fall vacations, Monday, October 25, testing for students who are not immunized (vaccinated or recovered) will be conducted at the beginning of classes in all schools, including elementary and special education schools. The same applies to teachers and other school staff. After that, the regular tests for pupils and school staff already carried out in the schools will be continued until the beginning of the Christmas vacations. This applies to both the Corona self-tests (three times a week) and the PCR pool tests (twice a week). In addition, all students* will also be tested on the day after All Saints Day, Tuesday, November 2.

Testing required during vacations at 3G events

During the fall vacations, regular school-based testing is not available. Therefore, unless vaccinated or recovered, students will need a current negative test for all 3G events during the vacations. However, students*, as well as school personnel, have a number of opportunities to be tested for possible Corona infection during this time. While there will generally be a charge for citizen testing beginning Monday, October 11, 2021. For children and adolescents under the age of 18, the tests will remain free of charge.

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