The coronation restriction measures will be lifted on Monday, May 4, but this does not mean that we will return to normalcy, but there will be strict rules with the mask becoming mandatory in our new life.
Deputy Minister of Development and Investment Nikos Papathanasis spoke about how we will use the mask and which is mandatory in today’s interviews on the TV stations “Sky” and “Open”.
Mr. Papathanasis clarified that the mask is not mandatory on the street and outdoors, but only in public transport, barbershops, hairdressers and beauty salons.
In all other areas there is a strong recommendation for the use of a mask and it is mandatory only for professionals who work indoors, but also the mask will not be mandatory when opening restaurants as they will operate outdoors.
In detail, all the places where the mask is mandatory
Especially for employees, the mask is mandatory in the following areas: In Transportation (and in passengers), in Supermarkets, grocery stores, hairdressers (and customers), in taxis, in grocery stores, in beauty salons (and customers), in stores computers and telecommunications equipment, in hospitals and competitive laboratories, in bookstores, in stationery and newspaper shops, in sports items, in hearing aids, in driving schools, in shops plants, gambling shops, KTEOs, optical items, public services and pharmacies.
What will happen to the prices
Asked about the price tag, the Undersecretary replied: “We will monitor the market this week and we estimate that the balance will come.” He reminded that at the beginning of the health crisis there was a shortage of masks and antiseptics, while the strong demand led to an increase in prices, however, as he said, today the market is fed normally and in terms of antiseptics, there are thoughts from two pieces that a customer is allowed to buy today, increase the number to three pieces. Respectively, it is estimated that the mask market will balance.
As Mr. Papathanasis noted, when the platform was created for the state to know the stocks of sanitary material, 500,000 masks were recorded, and today we have 30 million pieces.
Meanwhile, according to the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Development, one of the two companies that have started the production of masks in our country, has ordered two new machines and soon its production of 9 million pieces per month. will reach 18 million units per month.
“But it is not just one factory that produces masks, there are other units that have purchased machines and there are also imports, so we estimate that very soon the price of masks will decrease,” said Mr. Papathanasis.
He stressed that citizens have the opportunity to make their own reusable fabric cover to cover their nose and mouth, and a family can use these old-fashioned fabric masks to reduce costs. Relevant instructions will be given, the Undersecretary noted.
Finally, he himself, answering a relevant question, underlined that the ministry monitors the market, keeping open the possibility of the price on the mask.
The danger for the fabric mask is washing
Surgical masks, commonly worn by doctors and nurses, are designed for one use, while fabric masks now recommended by experts for use by the general public and intended for many uses after washing, are of new concern.
A study by Nepal on canvas masks designed to protect users from larger particles, such as contaminants or pollen, found that washing and ironing reduced their effectiveness as wear and tear occurred. fabric material.
It is clear that urgent research is needed to answer the question, what is the most appropriate material for their construction, but also the most appropriate ways to store and care for them.
A recent article in the medical journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine states that if everyone wears a mask, then individuals protect each other by reducing the overall transmission of the virus to the community. It also helps people, reminding them not to touch their face, when they touch infected surfaces with their hands.
Scientists point out that masks are not “protective shields”. It is another complementary measure to prevent the transmission of the virus, along with the social distance of 2 meters, staying at home as long as possible and washing our hands often and correctly.
“The first and most important thing is to keep your distance, to avoid overcrowding, when possible, hand hygiene. I can’t imagine not using a hand sanitizer. It is super necessary for me “, said Sotiris Tsiodras.