Application of #DistanceHandsMask is growing

Compared to October, there has been an increase in the number of citizens wearing masks indoors and outdoors, as well as in the number of citizens avoiding home visits and physical contact with closest family

UNICEF Montenegro
A father putting a mask on his daughter's face
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2020
05 January 2021

PODGORICA, 5 January 2021 – Compared to October, there has been an increase in the number of citizens wearing masks indoors (from 81% to 86%) and outdoors (from 51% to 57%), as well as in the number of citizens avoiding home visits (from 80% to 86%) and physical contact with closest family (from 47% to 54%).

We are happy that the number of citizens who are respecting the measures of #DistanceHandsMask is growing. It is not difficult to respect these three measures and thereby save one’s own life and the lives of one’s loved ones and also protect others. Let’s unite in the fight against coronavirus, because only together can we overcome this virus.

Michaela Bauer, UNICEF Montenegro Deputy Representative
handwashing
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2020

Most citizens support the application of the #DistanceHandsMask measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Ninety-seven percent support keeping their distance from their interlocutor, while 89 percent of citizens are in favour of wearing masks indoors, and two-thirds (65%) also support wearing masks outdoors.

This study shows that people here are getting used to the ways in which they can reduce the risk to themselves and their families – through applying #DistanceHandsMask. Now that we have formed these new habits, I believe it will be easy for us all to continue with these guidelines for as long as we need to, to keep ourselves safe.

Karen Maddocks, British Ambassador to Montenegro

Almost all the citizens who support wearing a mask indoors do so themselves (92% of them), and most of them (84%) make sure to keep their distance from their interlocutors. Also, out of the citizens who support wearing a mask indoors, three-fifths (60%) wear a mask outdoors, as well.

A mother putting a mask on her son's face
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2020

The increase in the number of citizens who are applying the #DistanceHandsMask measures is great news for every inhabitant of Montenegro, because it means a slowing down in the spread of coronavirus, less pressure on the health system, and thus better opportunities for health workers to provide quality and timely care to all patients.

Vladimir Raicevic, Director of Ipsos Research Agency in Montenegro

The nationally representative sample for this survey consists of 807 citizens aged 18 and over. Data collection was conducted through a telephone survey, with a questionnaire lasting an average length of 10 minutes, in the period from 15 to 18 December of this year. The key findings of this survey, as well as previous surveys, on the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of citizens regarding coronavirus are available on the UNICEF Montenegro website.

Ipsos survey December 2020
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2020