Organizing large outdoor events will be possible across the country.

Krista Kiuru, the minister of family affairs and social services (the SDP). Photograph: The Finnish Government

Large public events can be arranged in the future in areas that are in the community transmission phase of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Krista Kiuru (the SDP), the minister of family affairs and social services.

Minister Kiuru was speaking in a press conference on Wednesday evening.

In practice, the limit for public events is 50 people, but, according to the updated restrictions, by splitting the group and by taking care of safe distances, arranging large outdoor events is possible.

As of Wednesday, Helsinki and Uusimaa region, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, Varsinais-Suomi and Keski-Pohjanmaa are categorized as being in the community transmission phase.

In the acceleration and baseline phases of the pandemic, large outdoor events can be arranged as well. There are no limitations in place. The government recommends keeping safe distances.

Pirkanmaa, Kymenlaakso, Etelä-Karjala and Länsi-Pohja are categorized as being in the acceleration phase. The vast majority of municipalities are in the baseline phase.

Kiuru added in the press conference that the restrictions on indoor events will be reviewed at the beginning of June.

The government will publish the updated strategy on Thursday.

Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Director Mika Salminen from the Finnish Institute For Health and Senior Medical Officer Sanna Ylisomppi were also present at the press conference.