The biggest changes in the measures will take place in areas where the pandemic is in the acceleration phase.

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

The nationwide tiers of Covid-19 prevention measures will be discontinued, according to a decision by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Going forward, coronavirus prevention in Finland will focus on regional restrictions and recommendations.

The biggest changes in the measures will take place in areas where the pandemic is in the acceleration phase. In these areas, towns could open public premises, such as libraries and museums, they could allow group leisure activities, and public events could be organized with restrictions on the number of participants.

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The Ministry of Social and Health has instructed all areas to discontinue the additional measures related to the tiers, such as the restrictions on gatherings with more than six people.

Although the tiers of prevention measures are discontinued, areas are instructed to continue to follow the recommendations and restrictions corresponding to the phase of the pandemic in each area. The action plan for implementing the government’s hybrid strategy divides the pandemic into three phases: baseline, acceleration phase and community transmission phase.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health stressed in a statement that “it is necessary to adopt a systematic approach and to assess the situation in a broad and comprehensive manner when lifting the restrictions.”

According to the ministry, regional measures will play a key role in curbing the spread of infections and preventing the re-escalation of the pandemic.

“If the epidemic worsens, it is crucial to respond quickly and proactively to it,” the ministry noted.