Most Germans support strict compliance with COVID-19 measures

Seventy-seven percent of German citizens supported strict compliance with COVID-19 measures in the country, according to the Politbarometer survey published by German public broadcaster ZDF on Friday.

Only 21 percent were against strict control as daily infection numbers in Germany picked up again lately, the survey among 1,300 Germans found.

For the first time since April, daily infections in Germany exceeded the 2,000-mark last Saturday. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Friday that new infections with COVID-19 increased by 1,571 within one day to 239,507.

On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced stricter COVID-19 measures such as a fine of at least 50 euros (59 U.S. dollars) for violating the face mask rule to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Germany.

According to the survey, 70 percent of Germans supported limiting the number of people at private celebrations while 79 percent were also in favor of stricter limitations for public events.

After long discussions between Merkel and the minister presidents of German states on Thursday, the ban of major events was prolonged until December. However, no agreement was reached on a nationwide upper limit for private events.

German citizens were only asked to “weigh up critically” in each individual case whether private celebrations were necessary and justifiable in light of possible COVID-19 infections, the government noted.

The survey also found that Germans were divided on the question of compulsory face-mask wearing at work, with 42 percent in favor and 48 percent against.

When asked about compulsory masks for pupils and teachers in classrooms, only 37 percent of Germans voiced their support while 58 percent rejected the proposal.

Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, made masks compulsory in classrooms until the end of August. In most federal states, masks are only required on school grounds but not in classrooms.