It took months the Finnish government and the national health agency (THL) to decide about recommending the use of face masks.
On 13 August the Finnish authorities issued a general recommendation for their use in confined places and when it is not possible to maintain social distance between people.
Since the Government issued its recommendation to use masks in public transport and in closed places where it is difficult to maintain social distance, the presence of more people with face shields has become visible on the streets of Helsinki.
On 24 September THL updated its recommendation on the use of face masks. With this, the use of masks is extended beyond public transport, health officials said at a press conference.
As the coronavirus epidemic accelerates and enters a new phase in Finland, the use of masks will be recommended not only in public transport, but also in secondary schools, colleges, indoor and outdoor public events where close contact between individuals and groups of people cannot always be avoided.
Therefore, Foreigner.fi asked the readers in a Twitter poll: “Do you think the Finnish government should recommend the use of face masks also in the street?”
In the poll, the respondents were given two options which were 'Yes’ and ' No'.
The mini poll was answered by 76 readers and 55.3% of the readers think the Finnish government should recommend the use of face masks also in the street. 44.7% said, ‘No’.
Do you think the Finnish government should recommend the use of face masks also in the street?— Foreigner.fi (@foreignerfi) September 25, 2020
Also, one reader said; “I would recommend the use mostly in the most affected areas like Helsinki, Espoo...”
I would recommend the use mostly in the most affected areas like Helsinki, Espoo...— Xavi Cadenas 🇪🇸🇫🇮🇨🇦 (@XCadenas89) September 26, 2020
Foreigner.fi is going to ask a different question about Finland every Friday on its official Twitter account @foreigner.fi