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Mask-wearing guidelines for different groups

ehainan.gov.cn, Hainan Daily | Updated: 2021-08-18

In response to the COVID-19 Delta variant and the current epidemiological features among the population, the National Health Commission and relevant departments recently issued a new version of mask-wearing guidelines.

For the general public, here are the situations requiring masks

In shopping malls, supermarkets, cinemas, conference venues, exhibition halls, airports, docks, public areas of hotels, and all other indoor places open to the public;

When taking elevators and public transport vehicles such as planes, trains, ships, long-distance buses, subways and buses;

In crowded open-air places like plazas, theaters, and parks;

When going to hospitals either on your own or accompanying others, and when undergoing health checks like having your temperature taken or health code checked, and itinerary information registered;

When experiencing symptoms such as discomfort in nose or throat, coughing, sneezing or fever;

When in restaurants or canteens while not eating.

Tips on choosing and using masks

Proper use and storage as well as keeping masks clean are essential for maintaining a mask's effectiveness. It is recommended to use disposable medical masks, surgical face masks or masks with higher grade protection, and observe the following instructions:

Wear masks correctly, and make sure that the mask covers your mouth, nose and jaw, and the nose clip should confine to the curves of your nose and cheeks.

When a mask is contaminated, out of shape, damaged or smelly, it needs to be replaced. No mask should be worn for more than eight hours.

When a mask is used in cross-regional mass transit vehicles or hospitals, it should not be reused.

Masks that need to be reused should be washed carefully, and hung in a clean, dry and well-ventilated place. 

If you experience chest tightness, shortness of breath or any other discomfort, please go to a safe open area immediately and take off the mask.

When going out, please bring extra masks and keep them in their original package or a clean bag to avoid contamination and deformation. Abandoned masks should be disposed of the same as other waste.

It is recommended that each family store a few particulate masks and medical protective masks for emergency use.

For key occupational groups

1. Job categories 

Workers responsible for cross-border truck and rail transport, and loading and unloading cargos;

Workers responsible for cold-chain transportation, including the processing, storage, loading and unloading, and transport of overseas frozen foods;

Drivers, stewards, housekeepers, and porters that are responsible for inbound flights, trains and cars;

Customs staff that supervise inbound and outbound means of transport, goods, and postal articles;

Cleaning staff in airports and airplanes, and ground staff such as baggage handlers. 

2. How to choose masks for occupational groups

Wear particulate masks while working.

Medical Staff

Staff who deal with general exposure: medical and nursing staff in the outpatient department and general ward, security guards, and staff for registration, information, billing, and dispensing medicine;

Staff in contact with potential contaminants: cleaning staff, nurses, plumbers, and laboratory staff;

Staff who deal directly with patients: medical and nursing staff in fever clinics and isolation wards, and staff administering nucleic acid tests. 

How to choose masks

While working, staff in the general exposure category must wear surgical face masks or masks with a higher level of protection, staff in contact with potential contaminants must wear particulate masks, and staff in direct contact with patients must wear medical protective masks.  

Service staff in public places

Crew members, security staff, salespeople, ticket sellers, police officers, chefs, hotel and restaurant waiters, couriers, deliverymen, janitors, security guards, and cleaning staff.

How to choose masks

Wear surgical face masks or masks with a higher level of protection while at work.