New recommendations related to wearing face masks and remote work were released on Thursday afternoon.


Prime Minister Sanna Marin photographed after the cabinet evening session at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. The government summoned to get an updated overview of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, after another session, new measures to tackle the spread of the virus were revealed. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends wearing a face mask in public transport, on the way to a coronavirus test and when one is waiting for the test result while moving outside the home. THL gave the official recommendation that concerns over 15-year-olds in a press conference with the Finnish prime minister, Sanna Marin (the SDP), on Thursday afternoon.

In addition, a face covering is recommended when one returns from a high-risk country and is traveling between the airport and home and is moving outside home during the quarantine.

One can also, according to THL, wear a face mask in other situations if it seems impossible to maintain a proper physical distance.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) said that people are primarily expected to purchase their masks themselves, but municipalities will guarantee that low-income families will get free masks through specific service points. The government is backing the municipalities with financial support.

The government also recommends transferring to remote work in the hospital districts of HUS (Uusimaa), Länsipohja (West Bothnia) and Varsinais-Suomi (Finland Proper).


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