The stone men in front of the Helsinki Railway Station wore face masks in August 2020. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

HELSINKI—ESPOO—VANTAA—KAUNIAINEN—The capital region has decided to tighten the face mask recommendation in the region.

“With this decision, the metropolitan area will return to a broad face mask recommendation for all persons aged 12 years and older, regardless of the level of vaccination coverage,” the Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group noted in a statement.

As before, the use of face masks is recommended in all indoor public spaces and on public transport where other people are present.

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The use of face masks is recommended in educational institutions from the sixth grade onward.

The Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group has also decided to return to a broad remote work recommendation. If remote work is not possible, it is recommended that the employer encourages the use of a face mask in all work areas, even if safety distances can be maintained. At workplaces, lunch and coffee breaks should be staggered and the need for personal meetings should be carefully assessed.

The coronavirus coordination group hopes that “the face mask recommendation will also be widely adopted by private operators.”

“It is recommended that private operators require staff and customers to wear masks at public events, in shops, on public transport and other customer premises,” the group noted. “HSL and VR are recommended to reinstate the mask obligation for public transport in the metropolitan area as soon as possible.”

The mask and remote work recommendations are in force until January 16, 2022.