The coronavirus coordination group in the metropolitan area on Wednesday recommended that people may choose to reduce the use of face shields in public places.
The groupAn organization of officials, authorities and medical experts in the area said that children and young people in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa are not required to wear a face mask on school premises. They added that those who want to continue using protective equipment can still do so and schools will continue to express masks.
However, the Coordination Group continues to recommend the use of face shields to those traveling to the Covid Test Center, to persons with symptoms of a respiratory infection who cannot remain at home, or to persons who know they have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Similarly, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) announced last week that it was abandoning the general recommendation to use a face mask, but noted that the use of the mask is still required and recommended in many areas.
At the same time, the Helsinki Transport Authority (HSL) announced on Wednesday, after updating the coordination group, that it would no longer require a face mask from passengers. However, the recommendation to use the mask still applies to passengers traveling on state rail (VR) trains.
THL’s communications manager Piritta Rautavuori said that people should follow regional rules and recommendations depending on the situation. For example, VR’s mask recommendation overrides the guidance of the Coronavirus Coordination Group and THL.
In its statement on the new guidelines, HSL thanked passengers and staff for taking responsibility for hygiene and safety during the epidemic, in particular the use of masks.
Source: The Nordic Page