The City of Jyväskylä has taken precautions in order to support residents and families of limited means in obtaining face coverings and distributes face masks to its residents of limited means. In other cases, residents will pay and provide for the masks themselves. Masks can be collected at the social security station on the Hannikaisenkatu street and at health centres as well as at the branch offices of our cooperation partners among other places as of 2pm on Monday, August 17 during the normal opening hours of the offices.
Due to the increased number of coronavirus contagions, the government of Finland and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) have issued yesterday, on August 13, 2020, a recommendation on face mask use e.g. on public transports, while attending a coronavirus testing facility, and in other situations where avoiding close contact is not possible. Furthermore, the City of Jyväskylä recommends using masks in mass gatherings to which people have come from several places and where keeping safe distances cannot otherwise be ensured. Mask use is recommended for people over 15 years of age.
Single-use masks distributed in the first phase
In the initial phase, single-use masks are distributed in Jyväskylä but a switch to cloth ones will take place later when these are delivered.
The quantity of the masks needed is evaluated together with a resident. For example, if a resident takes a bus to go to study or work on five days a week, about 15 single-use masks are needed every week. Masks are given out for the needs of two weeks at a time. Residents are given illustrated instructions of use with the masks.
Face masks are given at distribution points to those residents who ask for them and feel that they are unable to acquire them themselves due to their financial situation.
– The personal details or the financial situation of a resident is not asked about or checked. Instead, the resident’s own experience about the situation is sufficient, explains the service manager Päivi Junnilainen who is acting as the substitute service director of social services.
The City also reminds that the person who comes to collect masks must be in good health.
Mask pick-up points in Jyväskylä
Residents of limited means may pick up masks at the following branch offices during their normal opening hours:
- the Hannikaisenkatu social station, Hannikaisenkatu 37, open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3.30pm
- Integration Services, Väinönkatu 1
- Health centres: Huhtasuo, Keskusta, Korpilahti, Kuokkala, Kyllö, Palokka, Sampoharju, Säynätsalo and Tikkakoski – mask pick-ups preferable in the afternoon, see https://www.jyvaskyla.fi/en/health-care-and-social-services/healthcare-s...
- the Civic Activity Center Matara/Gloria, Matarankatu 6 A, open from Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm and on Fridays from 9am to 2pm
- the ViaDia Jyväskylä association, Polttolinja 9, from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 2pm.
In addition, the service centre Hanska, the Keskussairaalantie branch office of the Sovatek foundation, the Ruokapankki, and the Jyväskylä Street Mission distribute masks for those of their customers who need them. Home care of the services for the aged distributes masks to its customers of limited means who need them.
– A big thank you for those of our cooperation partners who have already come along at this stage of the distribution, Junnilainen says.
For more resident information, please contact the Hannikaisenkatu social station, tel. 014 266 3624, and the Oiva centre, tel. 014 266 1801.