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HELSINKI—Many people in Helsinki heading for trains and buses—or just strolling in the streets—have made face masks their accessory. While an increasing number of people have recently begun wearing face coverings in the city center, a spike in the use was seen on Friday following the official recommendations of the government and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare to wear face coverings in public transport and crowded places.

We observed the afternoon rush hour in downtown to give you a glimpse of the changing scenery in the effort to tackle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Photographs: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today