Criminal offence: warning-blank certificates for the liberation of mask duty

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Federal police warns mask objectors before the blank certificates: “This is a criminal offence”

The Federal police are not exempt in the case of a control in an Intercity train of the Deutsche Bahn – blank certificates of the Mask requirement (archive image)

© Annette Riedl / DPA

With an illegal Trick mask try objectors, the protection of health to overturn it – with the active support of a doctor. The Federal police now warns before the blank certificates, and announces the consequences.

The rule is really clear: Who is in buses or cars on the road, must have a mouth-nose protection – for your own protection and for the protection of others. In addition to Distance a key component in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, and good hand hygiene is the cloth over the nose and mouth.

Exceptions from the obligation, there are only a few, for example, for children under six years of age, or for “people who wear for medical reasons no mask”, as it is called, among other things, by the German tram.

Investigations against the doctor because of blank certificates

The medical necessity, to forgo the everyday mask, try to prove travelers seem increasingly to be illegal. According to the Federal police, a doctor on his home page blank certificates should be offered as a free Download, including his own signature. Mask objectors had to do was enter your name and address in the form, and thus, from the obligation to wear a mouth-nose protection, released.

This is wrong, warns the Federal police of Münster and points out, “that makes the Show such a due to the use of incorrect health certificates is a punishable offence”. The offence is punishable according to the penal code with imprisonment of up to one year or with a monetary penalty. An exemption from the obligation by means of the blank form is not permitted. The wrong certificate is in Internet more to find.

Against the doctor, whose Name is the star it is known, from the district of Kassel, in the office of the public Prosecutor, investigating, in the meantime, a spokesman for the Federal police said the star on request. It is a matter of the accusation of exhibiting of incorrect health certificates (imprisonment according to the penal code up to two years or with a fine).

Also, the state medical chamber of Hesse, which is for the physician in charge, points out that the complacency of the certificates are acceptable: “It profession is not legally acceptable to put a blank recipes for the liberation of the ‘mask’ duty ‘ to the Internet,” said a spokeswoman for the star. A firm diagnosis was needed. The state medical chamber of Hessen, examining the case law. “As for sanctions, the statement of warnings or fines to come primarily into consideration.” A loss of authorisation as a medical doctor, the competent authorities would have to decide.

Sources: Deutsche Bahn, the Federal police, the criminal code (1), criminal code (2), Hesse state doctors ‘ Association, news Agency DPA

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