Germany Hopes Body Odor Will Force People To Wear Masks

Public transportation officials in Berlin issued a cheeky recommendation for riders last week to stop wearing deodorant, and let their natural odors waft through the shared air, so others can have their masks fully cover their mouths and noses.  “given that so many people think they can wear their masks under their noses, we’re getting tough,” the BVG Transportation operator tweeted in the bold online ad.

Similar to a no-smoking sign, the image shows a red circle and a slash over a person spraying deodorant into their right armpit. “you leave us no choice,” a translation of the tweet reads.  In Germany, covering both the mouth and nose are required on public transportation and in shops — and those who don’t comply have to cough up big fines. But whether it’s on the city’s u-bahn, trams or buses — whose riderships have rebounded quickly — commuters can sometimes be seen wearing the coverings just over their mouths. But now, during the summer in a city not known for having much air conditioning, this new strategy may make them think differently.  “so, now do you still want to have your nose out?” The warning reads.

Photo Credit: Twitter / BVG Transportation


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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan