On March 12, the Finnish government has decided on the following measures to slow down the spreading of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) speaking at a press conference related to the coronavirus on March 12, 2020. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Recommendations related to public events

The government recommends that public events of over 500 people are canceled until the end of May. In practice, the recommendation will be followed by a law issued by the Regional State Administrative Agencies (southern, southwestern, western and inland, eastern, northern, Lapland and Åland).

Economic preparation

The government prepares for the spreading of the coronavirus with a supplemental budget.

Recommendations for workplaces and personal contacts

The government is recommending that those returning from an endemic area should find an agreement with the employer of when to return work or about the leave of absence (two weeks). A similar procedure should be applied to, for example, students returning to school from an endemic area.

Telecommuting should be favored when possible. Other than the most necessary work trips should be avoided. Holiday trips should be postponed.

In addition, near contacts should be avoided during hobbies and other free time. According to the government, this is especially important to protect people belonging to a group of high risk: the elderly and the fundamentally sick.

Preparation in social and health care

The government guarantees quality and necessary health care for infected people. The coronavirus tests are conducted based on the evaluation of a doctor and a doctor specialized in infectious diseases.


The citizens should follow the guidelines and recommendations when traveling abroad. Filing a travel notification to the Finnish Foreign Ministry is necessary.

Tony Öhberg