Corona

EU recommends using face masks on trains

1:40 min

The European Union's authorities now advise that passengers and staff on trains should wear face masks, but Sweden's main train operator is not following this, since the Swedish public health agency does not recommend their use.

The European Centre for Disease Control or ECDC is the EU-wide agency against infectious diseases. Its latest advice for safe rail travel states that where physical distancing cannot be ensured onboard trains, use of face masks is recommended, news agency TT reports.

However, Sweden's own Public Health Agency, or Folkhälsomyndigheten, emphasises keeping distance and washing hands, and does not choose to recommend the use masks.

But while the train services run by SJ are not using masks, the train company MTRX that also runs services between Gothenburg and Stockholm is offering free masks for passengers.

Press play to hear more.