Life is returning to normal for now as the final restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus outbreak were lifted on August 1.

Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The final restrictions put in place to tackle the spread of the coronavirus were lifted on August 1.

Now public events and public meetings with more than 500 people may be held in indoor and enclosed outdoor spaces, provided that they comply with the guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture on preventing Covid-19 infections.

The government’s recommendation on extensive remote work also ended on August 1.

Restrictions on bars, cafes and nightclubs were lifted earlier.

Schools will resume contact teaching in August.

Travelers from a large number of countries are allowed to enter Finland without self-quarantine.

The government and the authorities are closely monitoring the development of the pandemic and the effects of lifting the restrictions. During the last monitoring period (20–26 July), a total of 51 new cases were reported to the communicable diseases register. The weekly number of cases has risen slightly and is now at the same level as at the end of June.

The government noted in a statement: “The restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been phased out gradually and in a controlled manner during the spring and summer. The government’s objective to curb the epidemic while minimizing the adverse impact on people, businesses, society and the exercise of fundamental rights.”

The responsibility in keeping the pandemic in control in Finland is now mostly on the shoulders of citizens and visitors.

“Everyone can do their part to prevent the spread of the virus by following the guidelines from the authorities,” the government noted.