Wednesday 8/5/20
CORONAVIRUS

Finland to allow events with more than 500 people

Government says that the weekly number of cases has risen slightly and is now at the same level as at the end of June.
File photo of a past edition of Tuska music festival. Photo: Terhi Ylimainen/Visit-Finland.
File photo of a past edition of Tuska music festival. Photo: Terhi Ylimainen/Visit-Finland.

The restrictions put in place by the Finnish government to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted as planned on 1 August 2020.

The authorities are closely monitoring the situation and will make new decisions as needed, the government said in a press release.

Public events

In line with the regulation issued by the Regional State Administrative Agencies, public events and public meetings with more than 500 attendees may be held in indoor and enclosed outdoor spaces, provided that they comply with the guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture on preventing Covid-19 infections.

Under the Communicable Diseases Act, regulations can be issued for a maximum of one month at a time. If the situation in Finland deteriorates significantly, the Regional State Administrative Agencies may amend their decisions on restrictions for August.

Remote work

The government’s recommendation on extensive remote work will also end on 1 August.

The government will review the matter if the development of the epidemic so requires.

Authorities are closely monitoring the development of the epidemic and the effects of lifting the restrictions.

Cases increased slightly

During the last period of assessment (20–26 July), 51 new coronavirus infections were reported to the communicable diseases register. The government admits that "the weekly number of cases has risen slightly and is now at the same level as at the end of June."

The restrictions imposed due to the pandemic have been phased out gradually and in a controlled manner during the spring and summer. The government says it aims to "curb the epidemic while minimising the adverse impact on people, businesses, society and the exercise of fundamental rights."

"Everyone can do their part to prevent the spread of the virus by following the guidelines from the authorities," the Government Communications Department emphasized.

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