The amended decree will enter into force on August 8, 2021, at 00:00.

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On Sunday, restrictions on restaurants are tightened in areas that have moved to the community transmission and acceleration phase of the coronavirus pandemic. The government decided on the new restrictions on Thursday afternoon.

Restaurants of Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa and Kymenlaakso, Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen—areas in the community transmission phase—may serve alcoholic beverages between 07:00 and 22:00 and be open between 05:00 and 23:00.

Restaurants that focus on selling alcohol are restricted to only half of their normal number of customer seats. As a new restriction, this applies to outdoor areas as well.

Other food and beverage service businesses are restricted to 75 percent of their normal number of customer seats indoors and outdoors.

All customers of food and beverage service businesses must have their own seat at a table or counter. This applies to both indoor and outdoor premises.

A ban is also reintroduced on dancing and karaoke at indoor premises. Customers will instead be directed to stay in their seats.

Areas in the acceleration phase include Satakunta, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, South Karelia, North Savo, North Karelia, Central Finland, South Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia and Kainuu, and those parts of Uusimaa outside Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

Restaurants in the areas above may serve alcohol between 07:00 and 00:00 and be open between 05:00 and 01:00.

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Restaurants that primarily serve alcoholic beverages are restricted to half of their normal number of customer seats indoors. Other restaurants are restricted to 75 percent of their normal number of customer seats indoors.

As before, all customers must have their own seat by a table or counter when indoors. The number of customer seats in outdoor terraces is not limited.

Customers must have their own seat by a table or counter when indoors.

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