To further contain the corona pandemic, the federal and state governments agreed on longer and stricter restrictions on January 19. In addition to an extension of the lockdown to February 14, a new regulation also applies to local public transport: From Monday, January 25th, medical masks must be worn over the mouth and nose, i.e. surgical masks, KN95/N95 or FFP2 masks, in public transport and shops . Protective shields, chin visors or the like are expressly not suitable mouth and nose covers. The same applies to everyday masks such as cloth masks.
Medical masks have a higher protective effect than everyday masks such as the cloth masks used by many. Against the background of the very high infection rates of possible particularly contagious mutations of the coronavirus, this is crucial. In the future, it will be mandatory to wear a medical mask while traveling by bus and train as well as when staying in train stations, on platforms and bus stops.
Why do I have to wear a medical mask in public transport? Wearing mouth and nose covers has proven to be a particularly effective measure in the pandemic. Especially against the background of possible particularly contagious mutations, the federal and state governments point out that medical masks (i.e. so-called surgical masks or masks of the KN95 / N95 or FFP2 standards) have a higher protective effect than everyday masks, which are not standardized with regard to their effect subject. Wearing a medical mask when using local public transport and when visiting shops will therefore be mandatory in the future. In this way, you can protect yourself and others more effectively against infection and make an important contribution against the spread of particularly contagious mutations of the coronavirus. For more information see Corona-Verordnung.
Are there any exceptions to the obligation to wear a medical mask? Children under 6 years of age do not have to wear a mouth and nose cover. The same applies to people who have been released from the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover, as evidenced by a medical certificate. The certificate must be presented at the request of the transport company staff. Children up to and including 14 years of age can continue to wear everyday masks.
Where should a medical mask be worn? In all buses and trains, in train stations, at stops and on platforms.
Can I take off the medical mask when I eat, drink or make a phone call? No. This is not allowed on local transport.
What happens if I don't wear a mouth and nose cover? According to the conditions of carriage, the personnel of the transport companies have the right to exclude a person who refuses to wear a mask from the carriage, as they endanger other passengers. In the event of a recurrence, this applies not only to the journey concerned, but also permanently. In addition, a regulation of the state of Baden-Württemberg provides for a fine of at least 100 euros and up to 250 euros. More informations see here.
Is it enough just to cover your mouth? No. That is not enough. The mask only unfolds its full protection when the mouth and nose are covered. Wearing the mouth and nose covering incorrectly can have the same consequences as not wearing a mouth and nose covering (see answer to the previous question). The greatest virus density is usually not found in the lungs, but in the upper airways, especially in the nose and nasopharynx, say experts.
Why is it no longer enough to wear an everyday fabric mask? Especially against the background of possible particularly contagious mutations, the federal and state governments point out that medical masks (i.e. so-called surgical masks or masks of the KN95 / N95 or FFP2 standards) have a higher protective effect than everyday masks, which are not standardized with regard to their effect subject.
Origin: VVS Stuttgart, www.vvs.de
In Bavaria, it has been mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask on buses and trains since Monday, January 18, 2021. This concerns the following lines from the area of the Schwäbisch Hall district:
The FFP2 mask replace the everyday mask in public transport in Bavaria. All passengers over the age of 15 must wear the FFP2 masks wherever everyday masks have to be worn, i.e. at all stops and platforms as well as in the vehicles. Passengers who can present a medical certificate for medical reasons are exempt from the mask requirement. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 continue to wear everyday masks. The FFP2 mask requirement was decided by the Bavarian state government with the aim of reducing the number of corona infections.
Passengers are asked to distribute themselves evenly in the vehicle and at stops and not to jostle.
The distance regulation of 1.5 meters defined in the state's Corona regulation for public space does not apply in public transport. In return, you are required to wear a medical mask (OP/FFP2 mask).
The reason for this is that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters in public transport cannot be maintained on a regular basis. For this reason, the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection (mask requirement) has been enshrined in public transport, i.e. the mask replaces the distance requirement. This obligation applies to children from the age of 6 and must therefore also be observed by all students. The same regulation also applies to secondary schools from grade five and to vocational schools, where there is also an obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover outside of class - on the school grounds and in the school building, for example in the hallways, in the school yard and on toilets. Only where it is possible to form fixed and constant groups of students (usually in the classroom) is there no mask requirement. In this way, the mask replaces the distance requirement in public spaces.
As was the case before the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the transport companies use all available capacities (vehicles, drivers) for the morning traffic peak (rush hour) in order to get all students to the school on time at the start of lessons. For the possible passenger capacity per vehicle, the licensing law still applies, i.e. the bus can be used to capacity according to the specific definition in the vehicle registration. The transport companies are, of course, endeavoring to optimize the vehicle circulation to ensure that this maximum payload is not necessary.
Despite the large use of vehicles and personnel by the companies, it is above all in the winter months there is likely to be a higher utilization of vehicles (buses and trains) at peak times. A substantial improvement in the situation, i.e. An optimized distribution of the students on the available bus capacities could be achieved by a (significant) equalization of the lesson times and thus the student traffic. As a result, the school buses, which today are often only used for one journey in the morning and at noon, could be used several times in a row, which in total could make more passenger seats available for school transport. The Ministry of Transport has been considering this for a long time, i.e. even before the outbreak of the pandemic, and will probably also be seen by the Ministry of Culture. We are not yet aware of any concrete plans for the school.
To what extent the use of additional buses in school transport (coaches) is suitable for cushioning the peaks in school transport, and whether contingents will be created for this remains to be seen in the coming weeks. In principle, not all of the around 200 buses that are used in the Schwäbisch Hall district in the morning to transport schoolchildren can be reinforced by an additional vehicle. If only a few additional vehicles are available, the question quickly arises as to where they can (meaningfully) be used and whether coaches (without long journeys) are even available where the greatest need is.
As far as hygiene is concerned, the transport companies follow the recommendations of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). These contain information on the cleaning cycle, the cleaning agents to be used, as well as information on the use of the air conditioning systems and adequate ventilation of the vehicles during operation and at the stops. So please do not be surprised if the doors of the buses and trains at the stops are opened in the increasingly colder months of the year. This serves for better ventilation of the vehicles and thus prevention of the risk of infection.
In addition, passengers are regularly advised of the rules of conduct - and in particular of the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection - via information in the vehicle (pictograms, posters, screen information and / or tape announcement). In addition, in order to achieve a lasting effect, controls and penalties for violations of the mask requirement are useful. These are a matter for the police or the local regulatory authorities. For this purpose, at the beginning of the school year, several focus activities will take place in all the regional districts in the vehicles and at the stops on site. We would, however, wish that this step would not be necessary (too often) and that the appeal to the common sense and personal responsibility of the passengers / students would be sufficient.
Thank you for your understanding and your help in the fight against the further spread of corona infections.
Due to the recent lockdown to contain the corona pandemic, late-night traffic throughout the district are temporarily suspended from 11 p.m. Buses in replacement and supplementary rail services (SEV / BEV88c) are excluded from this. The RufBusse in the district and the Regiobus lines RB14 and RB72 are also not affected.
As soon as it is foreseeable that night curfews will be lifted and public life will return to normal, the trips will be offered again (as in summer).
The following restrictions apply in the Schwäbisch Hall area (see also timetable book pages for download, note red markings):
City bus Schwäbisch Hall line 1
City bus Schwäbisch Hall line 7
City bus Schwäbisch Hall line 10
Company Müller line 12
In the Crailsheim area, the SBC NightLiner is affected with the last two trips:
StadtBus Crailsheim Night-Liner line 53N
Further restrictions in the regular service are currently not planned. Passengers are asked to understand the restrictions as there is currently no demand for these journeys due to the restrictions in public life.
Due to the corona pandemic and the restrictions imposed on personal contact, the RufBus is still subject to restrictions. Because the RufBus is driven almost exclusively by taxis, groups with more than two persons must be excluded until further notice due to the distance rules.
The following regulations apply to the RufBus in the Schwäbisch Hall district:
Thank you for your understanding.
The KreisVerkehr's customer centers in Schwäbisch Hall and Crailsheim are open to the public to a limited extent.
Please make inquiries, requests, notifications of changes, etc. if possible by phone, email or post. Please address mail deliveries regarding subscription, SKT or KolibriCard to the customer center in Schwäbisch Hall (Am Spitalbach 20, 74523 Schwäbisch Hall), email to info(at)kreisverkehr-sha.de.
There are also letter boxes available at the entrance to the customer center, and timetable books and forms are laid out. Tickets are still sold on the bus. In the meantime, passengers and drivers are protected by a pane of glass in the entrance area.
The customer centers in Schwäbisch Hall and Crailsheim can still be reached by phone Mon-Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., see www.kreisverkehr-sha.de/en/service-contact/kundencenter.