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The government has decided to ban public gatherings and events of over 500 people until July 31.

The government’s restrictions will, for example, ban Pori Jazz Festival that was supposed to kick off between July 10-18. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) told about their decision at a virtual press conference on Wednesday evening.

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In practice, most of the major summer festivals in Finland are now canceled.

The government’s decision is based on expert opinions to tackle the spreading of COVID-19 and according to Marin, it’s important that the event organizers get this information before any other decisions on lifting restrictions are made.

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The government will decide on lifting restrictions of, for example, schools on May 3.

The government is to decide on the destiny of the remaining summer and early autumn festivals at the beginning of June.