In Brief: Berlin schools to reopen on Monday, with masking requirement in buildings but not classrooms

Though students are no longer required to keep a 1.5-meter distance away from one another, Berlin education officials said people should avoid direct physical contact as much as possible.

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By Monika Müller-Kroll, Dina Elsayed and Kate Blair

With less than a week until Berlin schools reopen, the city Senate announced on Tuesday that students and staff will be required to cover their mouths and noses in school buildings, though not in classrooms.

Berlin’s Education Senator Sandra Scheeres told reporters in general, school remains compulsory. However, students with pre-existing illnesses can consult with their doctors and schools to make alternative arrangements, including lessons from home.

Though students are no longer required to keep a 1.5-meter distance away from one another, Scheeres said they should avoid direct physical contact as much as possible.

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Public prosecutors in four German states have launched investigations after research by public broadcasters rbb and ARD uncovered questionable animal welfare practices in cattle transport.

The broadcasters’ research followed reports by the animal protection organization “Vier Pfoten” (“Four Paws”) in June of suspected cruelty to animals in the transport of live cattle to several countries including Algeria, Georgia and Iran.

Under EU law, live animals can only be transported to non-EU countries if European animal welfare standards are guaranteed, including rest stops, and animal-friendly husbandry and slaughter conditions in the destination country.

Preliminary proceedings in the states of Brandenburg, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony are now underway.

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Germany’s 36 professional soccer clubs have agreed on a plan that would allow fans into stadiums again when the Bundesliga season kicks off in September.

In a meeting on Tuesday, the soccer clubs decided to ban standing room and alcohol until at least the end of October. The league also said it would suspend ticket sales for visiting fans until the end of the year.

Club officials also said they would record contact information for all visitors so health authorities could alert fans in the event of an outbreak.

The league’s plan still must be approved by health officials and politicians in each state, who will meet later this month to discuss.

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