In its meeting on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group decided that, due to the development of the pandemic, some services in the area can be opened in a “staggered and limited manner” as of May 17, 2021.

A view over the Market Square, downtown Helsinki. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group decided to open some services in the capital region because of an improved pandemic situation.

Organizing public events

All public events and meetings held indoors or outdoors have been prohibited for a limited time. However, organizing public events and meetings of a maximum of six participants will be allowed, provided that safety can be ensured based on the instructions given by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on September 21 2020.

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For events of up to six people, only those that are necessary should be organized, and even in these cases, remote connections should be used whenever possible.

These restrictions will remain in effect until May 31, 2021. The decision on the restriction was made by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland.

Organizing private events

Private events are recommended to be restricted to a maximum participant number of six.

The recommendation will remain valid until further notice.

Public premises

Public customer spaces will remain closed except for the guided recreational activity time slots and youth facilities reserved for children and young people born in 2001 and later. Some swimming halls are open to those with a special swimming card.

As of May 17, 2021, swimming halls will also be available to persons born in 1955 and earlier.

Limited services are available at libraries. All city-owned cultural facilities, museums, exhibition spaces and similar premises will remain closed. Contact teaching at adult education centers has been suspended.

The recommendations will remain in effect until further notice.

Recreational activities

The indoor and outdoor premises of the cities can be used for guided recreational activities of children and young people born in 2001 and later.

Outdoor hobby activities for adults will be available to a limited extent as of May 17 2021.

Premises and areas of the cities require compliance with separate health security instructions, which entails organizers being required to provide a health security plan, for example. The coronavirus coordination group recommends all operators adhere to the same instructions.

The recommendations will remain in effect until further notice.

Remote work

The coordination group still recommends employers to arrange all tasks remotely wherever possible, even temporarily. If remote work is impossible, the employer is recommended to instruct the employees to use face masks in all workspaces, even where it is possible to maintain safe distances. Workplace meals and coffee breaks must be staggered.

The recommendation will remain valid until further notice.

Face mask usage

Face mask usage is recommended for all persons above the age of 12 in all indoor spaces outside their home.

The recommendation will remain valid until further notice.