Soite starts dis­trib­ut­ing pro­tec­tive masks to low-income households

Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Joint Munic­i­pal Author­i­ty for Social and Health Ser­vices Soite starts dis­trib­ut­ing facial masks to low-income house­holds start­ing on Mon­day 31st of August. We dis­trib­ute pri­mar­i­ly fab­ric masks, four per per­son. Includ­ed with the masks will be instruc­tions for cor­rect use and wash­ing of the mask. The major­i­ty of the masks are reusable fab­ric masks that have been used by employ­ees at Soite’s depart­ments. After use, the fab­ric masks have been washed indus­tri­al­ly after use and then stored cor­rect­ly in storage. 

The nation­al rec­om­men­da­tion is that cit­i­zens buy their own facial masks. Free masks are intend­ed for low-income cit­i­zens who can­not afford masks. The dis­tri­b­u­tion of masks is con­fi­dence-based, no-one has to prove that they belong to a low-income house­hold or that they need free masks when vis­it­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion point. Facial masks will be hand­ed out only for per­son­al needs and use.

Soite’s dis­tri­b­u­tion points

The dis­tri­b­u­tion of masks to low-income house­holds will begin at the fol­low­ing Soite departments:


  • The office for adult social work, iPark, Vaasantie 6, 67100 Kokkola
    Tuesday September 1st and Thursday September 3rd and Tuesday 8th of September and Thursday 10th of September between 14:00 and 16:00
  • Koivuhaka service center, Mäntynäädänkatu 6, 67800 Kokkola
    Monday August 31st and Monday September 7th between 13:00 and 15:00

The Munic­i­pal house (Kommunhuset/Kuntatalo), Säbråvä­gen 2, 68500 Kro­no­by
Thurs­day 3rd of Sep­tem­ber and Thurs­day 10th of Sep­tem­ber between 13:00 and 15:00

The Kela house (office of the Social Insur­ance Insti­tu­tion of Fin­land), Toriku­ja 3, 69100 Kan­nus
Tues­day Sep­tem­ber 1st and Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 3rd and Tues­day Sep­tem­ber 8th and Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 10th between 12:00 and 14:00.

The help desk at the munic­i­pal house (Kun­tat­a­lo), Lamp­in­tie 5, 69300 Toho­lampi
Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 2nd  and Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 9th between 12:00 and 14:00

The health cen­tre, Niemelän­tie 3A, 69440 Lesti­järvi
Mon­day August 31st and Mon­day Sep­tem­ber 7th between 12:00 and 14:00

Fam­i­ly and social care cen­ter Pajala (Per­he- ja sosi­aa­likeskus Pajala), Pajalantie 1, 69600 Kausti­nen
Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 3rd and Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 10th between 12:00 and 15:00

The Munic­i­pal house (Kun­tat­a­lo), Keskustie 2, 69950 Per­ho
Tues­day Sep­tem­ber 1st and Tues­day 8th of Sep­tem­ber between 9:00 and 11:00

The Munic­i­pal house (Kun­tat­a­lo), aikuis­sosi­aal­i­työn huone, Kaup­pisen­tie 5, 69510 Hal­sua
Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 2nd  between 13:00 and 15:00

The Munic­i­pal house (Kun­tat­a­lo) lob­by, Kivi­hyypän­tie 1, 68700 Veteli
Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 4th and Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 11th between 9:00 and 11:00

The health cen­tre, Kälviän­tie 24, 68300 Kälviä
Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 3rd and Thurs­day Sep­tem­ber 10th between 14:00 and 16:00

The health cen­tre, Lohta­jantie 3, 68230 Lohta­ja
Mon­day August 31st and Mon­day Sep­tem­ber 7th between 14:00 and 16:00

The health cen­tre, Ulla­vantie 701, 68370 Ulla­va
Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 2nd  and Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 9th, between 13:00 and 15:00

The health cen­tre, Hör­byn­tie 8, 68700 Teer­i­järvi
Mon­day August 31st and Mon­day Sep­tem­ber 7th between 12:00 and 15:00

The health cen­tre, Mis­ter­hult­in­tie 4, 68410 Alaveteli
Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 2nd  and Wednes­day Sep­tem­ber 9th between 13:00 and 15:00

Do not come to the dis­tri­b­u­tion points if you are unwell. Please keep a safe dis­tance to oth­er visitors.

If you have a ques­tion con­cern­ing the dis­tri­b­u­tion of masks, please call the sec­re­tary for social work for adults, phone 040 806 5095, week­days between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

When should I use a mask?

The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare rec­om­mends using pro­tec­tive masks to pro­tect oth­er peo­ple with­in those hos­pi­tal dis­tricts where cas­es of coro­n­avirus infec­tions have occurred dur­ing the last two weeks. 

The use of facial masks is rec­om­mend­ed for peo­ple over the age of 15:

  • in public transport
  • when going to coronavirus tests
  • when returning to Finland from a risk country.
  • facial masks can also be used in other situations, if it is impossible to maintain safe social distances.

A facial mask is one method for pre­vent­ing the spread of coro­n­avirus infec­tions. It is still par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant to main­tain a safe­ty dis­tance of 1–2 meters any­time this is pos­si­ble, wash your hands, cough into your elbow or into a dis­pos­able nap­kin and avoid touch­ing your face. 

Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Welfare’s instruc­tions for facial masks:

How to use facial masks cor­rect­ly, video (Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Welfare)

Rec­om­men­da­tion for the use of facial masks for cit­i­zens (Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Welfare)

Soite’s instruc­tions for use of facial masks


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