The state of emergency declared by the government and the president because of a worsening coronavirus pandemic is going to be revoked in Finland, according to Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP).
Prime Minister Marin told about this before the government’s mid-term policy review on Tuesday at the House of the States.
Marin said that she had already discussed the matter with President Sauli Niinistö, and the government will decide on the matter in its extra plenary session on Tuesday.
The state of emergency has been in effect since the beginning of March, and this has granted authorities more decision-making powers.
Based on the state of emergency under the Emergency Powers Act, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and regional state administrative agencies could guide and supervise the operations of healthcare and social welfare units. Municipalities may have temporarily deviated from the time limits for non-urgent care.
Also, the Prime Minister’s Office could manage and coordinate communications in emergencies, and the government had the right to resolve disputes and interpretations concerning the use of powers.