Wear a face mask if you must use public transport
Limit the number of your closest contacts, and wear a face mask during public transport, is the message from the municipal chief physicians at Jæren.
The municipal chief physicians in Time, Klepp, Hå and Gjesdal ask people to follow the new rules concerning infection control measures the government introduced last week. Although no local injunctions have been introduced in the four municipalities this time around, they all encourage the use of masks on public transport.
- As the situation is now, I recommend using a face mask if you must use public transport, and when traveling by taxi. This is especially important in situations where one is unable to keep at least one meter distance to others, for example as it may be during rush hour, says municipal chief physician in Hå, Gerd Signy Omland.
She emphasizes that the recommendation does not apply to children under the age of 12 or persons who, for medical reasons, cannot wear a face mask. The recommendation to use a face mask also does not apply to upper secondary school students who have school transport to /from school. Under no circumstances should children under the age of 2 wear a face mask.
The recommendation applies from 10th of November.
Follow the national rules
Although the municipal chiefs now recommend the use of face masks during public transport, the local advice is this:
- The government has introduced strict measures, and it is important that everyone at Jæren follows the rules that apply now. Stay home as much as possible and limit the number of close contacts. When away from home, keep your distance from others. If we manage to keep the number of infections down here at Jæren, we might not have to impose local rules, says municipal chief physician in Time, Øystein Øgaard.
Klepp's chief medical physician, Roman Benz, emphasizes that they have a close dialogue with the larger municipalities in the region, which have already introduced stricter, local rules.
- We have a good dialogue with the municipalities on Nord-Jæren, and we will of course put in place similar rules if necessary here as well. We consider that the most important thing the inhabitants of Jæren can do is to follow the national rules for infection control measures , and in addition use face mask during public transport, he says.
Compared to Nord-Jæren, there is not as much infection in our four municipalities, so the need for local injunctions is at this stage not as crucial.
- The infection pressure in Time, Klepp, Hå and Gjesdal is lower than what we see today in the cities on Nord-Jæren, and there is therefore not the same need for local injunctions. In the future, it is important that everyone focuses on infection control, and that we all together do what we can do to limit the infection, says municipal chief physician in Gjesdal, Hans Petter Torvik.