The Constitutional Law Committee thinks that the basic idea of restricting movement almost completely is unconstitutional.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) before another government discussion on coronavirus restrictions at the House of the Estates in Helsinki on March, 31, 2021. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The Constitutional Law Committee does not accept the government proposal on temporary restrictions on freedom of movement, the committee chair, Antti Rinne (the SDP), said in a press conference on Wednesday.

According to the committee, the basic idea of restricting movement almost completely is unconstitutional.

The committee requires more specific definitions of what is allowed and what is not.

Also, according to the committee, the specific exceptions where movement would be allowed leave too much room for ambiguity. (See full list here.)

On Thursday, the Administration Committee is dealing with the matter. Riikka Purra (the Finns), chairwoman of the committee, said that it is likely that the Administration Committee will not make any changes to the government proposal, which the Constitutional Law Committee already considered problematic.

If so, the proposal would return to the government for amendments.

It would also delay the law to come into effect for about two weeks.

Before Wednesday, sources in the Parliament speculated that the law could be passed just after Easter.