Drop the recommendations, and introduce an outright requirement that all passengers must have mundbind on, when using the public transport in the whole of Denmark.
this is the sound of the call from Mikkel Channo Jessen, who is the senior shop steward for the crew in DSB.
- I hope that the Danish Health and medicines authority makes it mandatory for all in public traffic to use the mundbind. I think it is the only way to ensure my members are on, says Mikkel Channo Jessen to Ekstra Bladet.
the Health recommendation is at the moment that one carries mundbind in the public transport, if it is not possible to keep distance to the other passengers.
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Mikkel Channo Jessen points out that one round in Europe has introduced a requirement for mundbind in a number of countries.
- You can look out in Europe, that it is a requirement in most countries that you carry mundbind, when you are with public transport. You just need to go to Germany before it is a requirement. I wonder me a little bit over, that the Danish Health and medicines authority has a different view than the other health authorities in Europe, he says.
He also sees at any time, that the DSB restores the requirement that one must have pladsbillet to take intercity and regional trains. But it does not solve the problem, he points out.
- You can't manage it for the metro and S-train, for which you can't reserve a seat. There will be times where there are a lot of pressure on. So, in order to avoid the spread of infection, I hope that it will be compulsory to wear mundbind, he says.
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DSB's information manager, Tony Bispeskov, explains that the DSB has no position on whether there should be a requirement to carry mundbind in the collective traffic.
- Our position is that when it's about the medical, we have all the way through coronasituationen leaning us up at the national board of Health. It is them who has the overview and the expertise. Therefore, it is important for us, that we are in line with what comes from them.
- But what is your position on whether there should be a requirement?
- We don't have any opinion. It is a healthcare position. We are neither virologer or epidemiologists. So if the authorities in the field are beginning to say that it is a requirement - it is the case elsewhere in Europe - we will of course immediately set us at it. But we communicate perfectly one to one with what the authorities believe, says Tony Bispeskov.
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DSB's decision to lift the pladsbilletkravet has created much debate. Among other things, the national board of Health's director, Søren Brostrøm, warned that the recommendation to carry mundbind is not the same, as that one should not keep the distance anymore.
the DSB has since clarified that there were a number of good reasons to remove the requirement. Among other things, there was a problem with the fact that people had to wait for hours to get a train, that there were technical problems with the system, and that passengers grabbing more tickets than they needed.
- Since we had pladsbilletkravet, we saw, also, that it was a problem with it. There are no solutions, where there are cons, says Tony Bispeskov and explains that they will follow the development closely, when more start to use the public transport.
- We are definitely also open to see on what is the right thing to do. It has given a great deal of reactions from both the staff and especially the customers who have approached and commented on the decision, he says.
See also: Søren Brostrøm criticize DSB: Mundbind should not replace the distance