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The BKK and the Mayor’s Office hand out masks for residents using public transport

During the pandemic, residents can help each other by protecting themselves and others from infection. As a result, Mayor Gergely Karácsony has announced that public transport can be only used with a face mask, scarf or a handkerchief from 27 April. Before the new rules take effect, and in the first week after its introduction, textile facemasks (which can be washed and ironed) will be handed out by BKK and the Mayor’s Office at the most crowded intersections in order to enhance passenger safety.

Before the new measures take effect (and also after that), co-workers of the BKK will hand out 60 thousand masks for free at 10 intersections between 7 am and 9 am for several days/weeks. The Hungarian Reformed Church Aid will join to our initiative, firstly offering 5 thousand, and later 25 thousand masks will be given to this cause.

Masks will be handed out at the following locations:

  • Batthyány tér M – metro entrance
  • Deák Ferenc tér M – metro line M3’s entrance
  • Kelenföld vasútállomás M – Őrmező side, in front of the metro escalator
  • Keleti pályaudvar – bus 7’s platform, in the direction of city centre
  • Kőbánya-Kispest M – metro replacement buses’ platform, bus terminal
  • Nagyvárad tér M – metro entrance
  • Nyugati pályaudvar – metro entrance at tram 4-6 in the direction of the Nagykörút
  • Örs vezér tere M – metro entrance
  • Széll Kálmán tér M – metro entrance
  • Újpest Központ M – metro entrance

„The protection of passengers’ health is important, and with these rules making sure to avoid any infection.” – highlighted the director of BKK, Dr Ivett Varga. She also added: „If we look after ourselves and our fellow passengers, and we keep the measures, we can lower the danger of infection, thus public transport remains a safe choice for everyone.”

This rule is in everyone’s interest, therefore FUTÁR monitors, loudspeakers and brochures will be modified and handed out to draw attention to it.

The rule of wearing masks on public transport vehicles have been introduced in Vienna and Prague in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. As from the beginning of the pandemic, vehicles are being disinfected as often as possible in Budapest, including buttons and handrails, seats, windows and drivers’ seats.

How to use a mask properly?

If you wear a mask, you should be informed about its usage, how to take it on and off properly and how to sanitize it.

  • Before you put it on, wash your hands with warm water and soap or sanitize it with hand sanitizer. The mask should always cover your mouth and nose. If there is adjustable nose strap on it, you should adjust it to the root of your nose. The mask should perfectly adjust to your skin, gaps should not occur between the mask and your skin.
  • You should avoid touching the surface of the mask while wearing it, if you do so, please wash your hands afterwards. If it gets wet, change it as soon as possible.
  • When you take off the mask, it should always happen from the back. The elastic cord should be lifted behind your ears or the tied knot should be unravelled at the back of the neck. The upper surface of the mask should be considered as infected, do not touch it.
  • Disposable masks should not be reused, and it should be thrown to a locked trash bin. If you use handmade masks or masks made of a certain texture, put it into slightly chloric water or sanitize it for 10 minutes, wash it at high temperature (60-90 degrees), dry and iron it.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap, or use hand sanitizer after taking off the mask.

(Source: Hungarian Medical Association. Further information about proper mask wear at their website: mok.hu/koronavirus/allasfoglalasok/tegyunk-valamit-a-szank-es-az-orrunk-ele.)

For further information on ethical usage of public transport please visit the BKK’s website.

60 ezer textil maszkot osztunk szét

Április 27-től, jövő hét hétfőtől csak kendővel, sállal, maszkkal az arcunkon szállhatunk fel a közösségi közlekedés járműveire, így mehetünk el bevásárolni és így ülhetünk be a taxikba is. A főváros és a BKK munkatársai a mai naptól 60 ezer textil maszkot osztanak szét a budapestiek között.Levélben kértem az együttműködését a kereskedelmi központok vezetőinek, a nagyobb kereskedelmi láncoknak és a taxitársaságoknak. Biztos vagyok benne, hogy ők is meg fogják érteni, hogy ezek a mostani, kissé kellemetlen, ám szükségszerű intézkedések segítenek abban, hogy hamarosan fokozatosan, de elkezdhessük enyhíteni a korlátozásokat. Nagyon büszke vagyok a budapestiekre, az elmúlt hetekben fegyelmezetten betartották az intézkedéseket: végső soron a polgárok együttműködésén múlik, hogy le tudjuk küzdeni ezt a járványt. Budapest erősebb, mint a vírus. #Budapest #vigyázzunkegymásra

Közzétette: Karácsony Gergely – 2020. április 22., szerda