The strictest restrictions, according to the government, will be imposed on the areas worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Meals can be once again served inside the restaurants when restaurants open for normal-ish business on Monday. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Restaurants can reopen with restrictions beginning on Monday, April 19.

The strictest restrictions, according to the government, will be imposed on the areas worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in Åland, South Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, Central Ostrobothnia, Lapland, North Savo, North Karelia and North Ostrobothnia from April 19

The amount of customer seating in restaurants that primarily serve alcoholic beverages will be restricted to half the normal number of seats. For other restaurants, 75% of customer seats may be in use. The restriction on the number of customer seats will not apply to Åland.

Restaurants may serve alcoholic beverages until 22:00 and be open between 5:00 and 23:00.

In these regions, restaurants must instruct customers to stay seated in indoor premises. This means that dancing and karaoke, for example, are prohibited.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in Uusimaa, Kanta-Häme, Southwest Finland, Satakunta, Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme, Kymenlaakso, South Karelia, South Savo, Central Finland and Ostrobothnia from April 19

The amount of customer seating in restaurants that primarily serve alcoholic beverages will be restricted to one third of the normal number of seats. They may serve alcoholic beverages between 7:00 and 17:00 and be open between 5:00 and 18:00.

For other restaurants, the amount of customer seating will be restricted to half the normal number of seats. They may serve alcoholic beverages between 7:00 and 17:00 and be open between 5:00 and 19:00.

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The restaurants located in these regions must also instruct customers to stay seated at indoor premises. Karaoke and dancing are prohibited.

All the restrictions will be reviewed based on the national pandemic situation. The first review will be conducted two weeks after the restrictions have entered into force, with a particular focus on the restrictions concerning terraces and patios, restaurants serving food and areas in the acceleration phase.

According to the government, the downward trend in new Covid-19 cases must continue so that the restrictions can be eased.