Passengers traveling with trains are no longer required to wear face masks. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Railway operator VR and the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL will no longer require that passengers wear face masks while traveling. The new policy includes all trains, from commuter to long-distance trains and will become in effect on Monday, October 25.

VR noted in a statement on Monday morning that the decision of wearing a face mask is left to the passenger.

“We still recommend wearing a mask, even though we will no longer make remarks about not wearing one on the trains. Also, the authorities recommend wearing a face mask in the public transport,” said Topi Simola, the senior vice president of passenger services at VR Group.

“While the coronavirus restrictions are getting easier, we adapt our instructions to better meet the present situation,” Simola added.