Help prevent the spread of coronavirus: Wear a face mask
The Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group recommends that everyone who is not working remotely use face masks at work in all of their encounters with others and when moving about their workplace. This recommendation applies to jobs in both the public and private sector.
Daycare centre staff are encouraged to wear masks indoors whenever possible. Early childhood education employees who travel to several locations in their work, for example, daycare assistants, replacements, directors, trainees and interns are in particular asked to observe this mask recommendation.
A mask recommendation has also been issued for the area’s lower secondary schools (grades 7-9) and sixth graders. The cities will provide masks for this purpose, but students are also free to use their own.
Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa recommend wearing masks when using municipal services
The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa recommend that everyone over the age of 12 start using face masks in municipal service situations in which it is difficult to avoid close contact. Face mask use in libraries is mandatory except for health conditions which prohibit mask use.
A list of fack mask distribution points and schedules in Helsinki can be found on the City of Helsinki website.
- Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa recommend wearing masks when using municipal services
- Mask recommendation expands to upper secondary schools in the capital city area
- Face masks recommended when visiting social and health care services
Helsinki distributes free masks to people in need
On Friday, 21 August, the City of Helsinki started handing out face masks to residents in need at several open distribution points in several locations.
An up-to-date list of face mask distribution points and schedules can be found on the City of Helsinki’s website.
In principle, Helsinki residents are themselves responsible for using the masks as recommended. This includes purchasing the appropriate masks and other attending costs. However, no one’s financial situation should present an obstacle to complying with the recommendation. The distribution of free masks in Helsinki is based on trust; staff at the distribution points will not ask anyone for proof of their need.
The City of Helsinki is distributing free masks in cooperation with Helsinki parishes and the Finnish Red Cross. Several other charity organisations, such as the Myllypuro food distribution service and the Hursti Charitable Trust, are assisting with the effort.
Recommendations regarding the use of face masks
It is important to use face masks correctly, to avoid the spread of infection. Please check the THL website for instructions and a checklist for
Wear a mask on public transport
As of 13 March 2021, all those aged 12 or over must wear a face mask when using HSL public transport. The only acceptable reason for not wearing a mask is if you are unable to do so for medical reasons.
See the HSL website for more detailed safety tips and instructions.
- Mask mandate for HSL public transport: information and instructions
- THL: Recommendation on the use of face masks for citizens