Back to list Print 12. Oct. 2020

Ticket inspectors are going to increase focus on the use of mouth and nose protection in public transport

Starting from today, October 12, ticket inspectors will be paying greater attention to the use of mouth and nose masks or other means of protection in public transport; passengers who neglect the use of respiratory tract protection equipment will be asked to leave the public transport. Ticket inspectors will also maintain active cooperation with the municipal police to ensure compliance with these requirements. “Rigas satiksme” informs, according to government decision as from 7th October, the mouth and nose cover must be used in trams, trolleybuses and buses, therefore reducing the risks of “COVID-19” risks as much as possible. Medical, non-medical or hygienic masks and face shields or visors may be used as mouth and nose covers.

All passengers must use mouth and nose cover, except children under age of 13 years. Also it is permitted not to use mouth and nose cover due to medical reasons, for example, if a person has difficulties to apply the mask due to reduced physical capabilities or a person has psychical health disorders.

In public transport it is allowed to use hygienic fabric masks, which can be sewn by yourself, visors (face shields) or disposable medical masks, which can be bought, for example, in pharmacy.

How to use mouth and nose cover?

  • Before applying and removal of face mask wash or disinfect your hands.
  • Face mask shall completely cover the face from nose to chin and it has to fit the face well (nose must not be outside the mask). 
  • Do not touch face mask and face, if you haven’t washed your hands.
  • After the use of face mask put it into a packet, not pocket or bag.
  • If you have a fabric mask, wash it in a temperature of at least 60⁰C after each use.
  • Do not use disposable mask for several times – it has to be disposed, before putting it into a packet.
  • If the face mask becomes wet, it has to be replaced by another – clean and dry. 
  • The face mask shall not be removed partially (for example, pull to a chin or neck) and used again.
  • When removing the face mask, do not touch its front side. 

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