More restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic in the capital region are likely to follow on Friday.

People in Helsinki center began increasingly wearing masks in August, 2020. The iconic statues of the Helsinki Railway Station were clad in face coverings, too. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today
People in Helsinki center began increasingly wearing masks in August, 2020. The iconic statues of the Helsinki Railway Station were clad in face coverings, too. Photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

The capital region is now in the spreading phase of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Lasse Lehtonen, head of diagnostic services at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).

On Thursday evening, the mayors of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo shared identical messages on Twitter, which said that “the Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group has decided to state that the capital region has moved to the spreading phase of the coronavirus. We will inform about new restrictions, recommendations and other actions tomorrow at 11:00 in the morning.”

In October, the government divided recommendations into three categories based on the development of the pandemic: base level, acceleration phase and spreading phase.

In the spreading phase of the pandemic, the government recommends issuing a regional or local recommendation to avoid holding private events with more than 10 people. If necessary, public events may be prohibited altogether.

The government also recommends suspending group leisure activities altogether if this is necessary due to the restrictions on the use of spaces, and If necessary, public spaces may be closed altogether, taking into account the nature of their use.

On Thursday, 351 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Finland of which 228 were found in the capital region.

We will write about the details related to the new restrictions on Friday.