Libraries, such as Oodi, will continue being open in Helsinki. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

HELSINKI—The rapid spreading of the coronavirus pandemic has forced authorities to tighten the restrictions on public places further.

Indoor sports facilities and swimming pools managed by the City of Helsinki remain closed until January 24, according to the latest decision by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland. (Jan. 7.)

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In addition, public performances or other public events—such as fairy tale telling and book clubs—are banned in libraries until January 31.

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However, libraries, museums, youth centers and gallery facilities in cultural centers are allowed to stay open to all ages.

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Originally (Dec. 23) the administrative agency decided that some of the aforementioned restrictions would be in place until January 11.