The government also plans a fall vaccination campaign.
“Germany should be better prepared for the next coronavirus winter than in previous years,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said.
Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said a special effort would be made to keep schools open, while states will “only be able to impose a mask requirement at schools if this is necessary in order to be able to continue to provide in-person teaching.”
“Children have a right to school education and a school day that is as carefree as possible. School closures must therefore not be allowed,” Buschmann said.
The new regulations still need to go to Cabinet and parliament for approval but are expected to pass.