The distribution of face masks has started in Hämeenlinna
The masks are only available at the city’s service points, that is, you cannot get them at health centers.
The masks are reusable cloth masks and the package consists of 4 such masks and instruction on how to use them. You can get masks free of charge if you do not have enough money to buy them yourself. No one will, however, ask you to prove your income when you come to get a mask at the city service point.
If the city runs out of cloth face masks, disposable face masks will be distributed (10 pcs per resident).
The city’s service points, addresses and opening hours:
- Service point Kastelli, Wetterhoffinkatu 2, open Mon.-Tue. 9.00 – 16.00
- Library-service point in Hauho, Punnanmäentie 18, open Mon. – Tue. 12.00 – 18.00, Wed. – Fri. 10.00 – 16.00
- Library-service point in Kalvola, the premises of the old library, Iittalan Lasimäki, Hollaajantie 3, open Tue. 13.00 – 17.00 and Fri. 10.00 – 15.00 from Tuesday, 25.8.
- Library-service point in Lammi, Linjatie 4, open Mon. – Wed. 12.00-18.00, Thu. – Fri. 10.00-16.00
- Library-service point in Renko, Rengonraitti 7, open Mon.- Wed. 12.00 – 18.00, Thu. – Fri. 10.00-16.00
- Library-service point in Tuulos, Pannujärventie 10, open Mon. – Tue. 12.00 – 18.00, Fri. 11.00 – 16.00
See the video on how to use a face mask (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare):
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends to use face masks in the following situations:
- in public transport
- When you go for the coronavirus test on your way to take the test and while awaiting the test results.
- When you arrive in Finland from a risk area during the travel from the place of arrival, such as for example an airport and when you are on your way to quarantine place.
- When you have an urgent reason to spend time outside the home during quarantine.
A face mask can also be worn in other situations where avoiding close contact is not possible.
The recommendation of wearing a face mask refers to all who are over 15 years old.
The recommendation of wearing a face mask in public transport given by the City of Hämeenlinna.
Remember also to keep the safety distance while wearing a mask. A mask does not give 100% protection.
Checklist for mask use by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL):
- Wash and disinfect your hands before putting on a new or clean mask.
- Do not touch your mask or move it under your chin or on your forehead when wearing it.
- Do not eat or drink while wearing a mask.
- If you touch your mask while wearing it, wash and disinfect your hands before and after touching it.
- Wash or disinfect your hands after taking off the mask.
- Remove your mask with clean hands by grasping the ear loops. Do not touch the outside part of the mask.
- Always wash your cloth masks in 60 degrees Celsius after wearing them or boil them for five minutes in water to which you have added a little bit of detergent. Rinse the mask and hang it to dry in a place with fresh air.