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The government has amended the decree restricting the activities of food and beverage service businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The amendment to the decree will enter into force on September 24, 2021.

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Based on the current pandemic situation, the restrictions on the maximum permitted number of customers and on opening and licensing hours will be lifted in North Ostrobothnia.

In addition, restrictions will be eased in Kymenlaakso and Pirkanmaa and tightened in Satakunta.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in the regions that are at the community transmission phase of the pandemic—Southwest Finland, Uusimaa, South Karelia, Ostrobothnia and Satakunta—from September 24

Food and beverage service businesses may serve alcohol between 07:00 and 23:00 and be open between 05:00 and 00:00.

Food and beverage service businesses that primarily serve alcoholic beverages may have only half the normal number of customer seats in use in their indoor and outdoor premises. Other food and beverage service businesses are restricted to 75 percent of their normal number of customer seats in indoor and outdoor premises.

All customers must have their own seats at a table or similar in both indoor and outdoor premises.

Customers are instructed to stay seated at indoor premises. Businesses must draw up and provide their customers with instructions on how to enter or leave the premises or access the area designated for smoking or the toilets and washing facilities and how to collect their takeaway orders of food and drinks.

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In practice, dancing and karaoke, for example, are not allowed.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in the regions of Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, North Savo, South Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Kymenlaakso and Pirkanmaa and in the Hospital District of East Savo, which are all at the acceleration phase of the epidemic, from September 24

Food and beverage service businesses may serve alcohol between 07:00 and 01:00 and be open between 05:00 and 02:00.

Food and beverage service businesses that primarily serve alcoholic beverages may have half the normal number of customer seats in use in indoor premises. Other restaurants may seat 75 percent of their normal number of customers inside their establishments.

As before, all customers must have their own seats by a table or counter when indoors. The number of customer seats in outdoor terraces is not limited.

Baseline restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in the regions of Åland, Central Finland, Lapland, North Karelia, Kainuu and North Ostrobothnia and in the Hospital District of South Savo from September 24

No separate restrictions on the number of customers or on licensing and opening hours.

The obligation to observe the general hygiene guidelines and to keep a safe distance applies in all regions.

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