The new restrictions apply to regions that have moved to the acceleration phase.

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On Thursday, the government amended the decree that restricts the operations of restaurants because of the increasing weekly number of coronavirus infections in Finland.

The amended decree will enter into force on Saturday.

The new restrictions apply to regions that have moved to the acceleration phase. They are Kainuu, Kanta-Häme, Central Finland, North Karelia, North Savo and Satakunta food and beverage service businesses may serve alcoholic beverages between 07:00 and 00:00 and be open between 05:00 and 01:00.

The same restrictions will continue being in force in the regions of Kymenlaakso, Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme and Southwest Finland.

Restaurants 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 seat by a table or counter when indoors. The number of customer seats on outdoor terraces is not limited.

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