Decisions based on the Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group’s recommendations could be made earliest on Monday.

Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen (the NCP). Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

“At the moment,” the Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group began their statement, “it seems that the increase in the load placed by the coronavirus pandemic has stopped and has begun to decrease in the metropolitan area.”

Earlier in the week, the coronavirus coordination group once again gathered to re-evaluate the need for restrictions during the ongoing Omicron surge in the capital region.

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“Based on an up-to-date picture of the epidemic situation,” the group noted, “the Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group recommends to the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland that it removes the closures of low-risk premises as of February 1, 2022.”

Here’s a list of places where the restrictions could be lifted:

  • Gyms and other similar indoor sports facilities
  • Swimming pools, public saunas and spas
  • Facilities used for amateur theaters or other similar group activities
  • Indoor playgrounds and indoor play parks
  • Public lounges in shopping malls as well as amusement and theme parks, fairgrounds and indoor zoo facilities
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In addition, the coronavirus coordination group recommends that indoor events with up to 50 people would be allowed between February 1 and 15.

However, the coordination group continues recommending that indoor premises used for team sports, group sports, contact sports and other similar sports or exercise, as well as dance venues and choir singing facilities, remain closed.

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The Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland is, according to an early estimate, likely to make decisions related to the coronavirus coordination group’s recommendations on Monday, January 31.

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