The government has updated the exit plan from coronavirus restrictions.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP). Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The plan, which is based on a monthly schedule, includes, for example, lifting restrictions related to events, hobbies, travel, and restaurants.

Here are the highlights of the press conference related to relaxing the restrictions held by the government on Wednesday morning.

Events and culture

The aim is to allow arranging public events of 50 people indoors and outdoors as soon as possible in areas that are at the base level of the pandemic.

Event organizers are required to take care that the public can keep a two-meter distance from each other. This requirement is abandoned for outdoor events in June, but the restriction remains in force for indoor events.

Organizing larger events, according to Annika Saarikko (the Centre), minister of science and culture, could be possible at the end of summer. Obviously, the pandemic situation needs to be better.

Public and private premises (incl. libraries and museums) will reopen in May.

According to Jussi Saramo (the Left Alliance), the minister of education, Finland is likely not resuming to distance learning during the pandemic. One of the reasons is the increased stress levels of students while studying at home. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Sports and exercise

Children and young people may begin taking part in outdoor group hobbies. Summer camps and outdoor hobbies for children and young people are going to be allowed in June.

Group activities for adults may resume in May—June.

Regional State Administrative Agencies will decide on the opening of private gyms based on the pandemic situation in different areas.

Travel

Internal border control will gradually end in June. Travel for work will be allowed, for example, to Sweden and Norway.

At the press conference, the government stressed the importance of favoring domestic travel. “Right now one shouldn’t travel to Europe or elsewhere in the world. We are working to ease the pandemic situation, but right one should favor domestic travel,” Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) said.

Restaurants

Restrictions on restaurants’ customer seating and opening hours will be eased in June.