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For whom and when are mouth masks useful?

Posted by Charles De Vil on
For whom and when are mouth masks useful?

Since the start of the corona exit strategy on May 4, the rules for wearing a mouth mask have been defined and communicated. And yet there is still confusion about this topic. We have listed everything down for you: who should wear a mask and when should they wear it?

Let's start with public transport. Everyone over the age of 12 is obliged to wear a mask from the moment you enter the station or platform. Yes, even if you are the only passenger. A mouth mask also reduces the risk of contaminating surfaces, that way you protect the commuters after you. If you do not wear a mask in train, tram, bus or metro, you risk a hefty fine of 250 euros.

If we look at the approach of schools, we see that the rule applies starting at the age of 12. The teacher in front of the class is therefore always obliged to put on a mouth mask. If it is too difficult to guarantee a safe distance of 1,5 m and if the students are older than 12 years, then these students must also wear masks. However, children under the age of 12 are less contagious, so mouth masks are not obligated for them.

When you are at work, you should always be able to guarantee a safe distance of one and a half meters with your co-workers. If that’s not possible, then face masks are mandatory for all personnel. This is certainly the case with professions where there is a lot of human contact, such as hairdressers or beauticians, market vendors, waiters, etc.

In addition, FPS Health recommends to always wear a mask in (public) places where it is busy and the distance of one and a half meters cannot be respected. For example in a supermarket.

Are you getting overwhelmed by the wide range of fabrics and disposable mouth masks? Then be sure to browse our other informative blog posts. you can read here what the difference is between a cotton mouth mask and a disposable mask.
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