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Tuesday's papers: Mask back-chat, cheap hotels and a demanding dad

Finland's mask debate rumbles on. 

Nuori pukee kasvomaskia ylleen.
Face masks have been a touchy subject in Finland. Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

Finland's journey towards mass face mask-wearing has not been straightforward. In the spring the country did not offer a recommendation to wear masks to slow the spread of coronavirus, and Ilta-Sanomat on Tuesday reports that this was not a unanimous decision by health authorities.

The first official communication on face masks came in April, when the occupational health authority published an article titled 'Homemade masks don't protect from coronavirus — respirators should be safe and offer sufficient protection'.

Markku Tervahauta, the head of Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare, said that the agency had wanted to offer more information about how masks might protect others.

"We thought about giving the public at least a little bit of targeted additional information about what kind of significance masks can have in terms of protecting others and in which kind of situations they'd be most useful," Tervahauta told IS.

He said THL even prepared material for this purpose, but the idea was shot down by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health.

Last week opposition MPs announced a vote of confidence in Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Krista Kiuru (SDP), over what they claim has been mixed messaging on masks during the epidemic.

Cheap hotels

Helsingin Sanomat reports on the plight of hotels during the pandemic, with tourist flows disappearing and occupancy rates falling through the floor.

The paper reports that Kämp Collection, which runs several Helsinki hotels including the upscale Hotel Kämp on Esplanadi, is running at 25 percent occupancy.

Some chains have turned to price-slashing and attracting new customers to try and fill the gap. Scandic is offering students the chance to rent a room for 1,140 euros per month, which comes in at less than 40 euros per night.

Scandic says some students have taken them up on the offer for short-term rentals when they need to be near their institution for exams or writing a thesis.

Meanwhile the Clarion chain is offering home workers the chance of a change of scenery, with a room rentable from 7am to 7pm for 39 euros. Breakfast and dinner cost extra.

English Dad helps Finland star

Several outlets carry an interview with Finland midfielder Robert Taylor, who scored his first goal for the national team against Bulgaria on Sunday.

One feature of all the reports is his father, Paul, who also moved to Finland from the UK to play professional football.

As Taylor has developed over the years to become an important player for both Norway's Brann Bergen and Finland, he has received unvarnished feedback from his Dad, who spoke to several media outlets on Monday and described himself as 'old school'.

It was no different after the Bulgaria game, according to Taylor.

"Dad congratulated me on the goal, but then we discussed what I should have done better," said Taylor.

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