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Practical information about corona pandemic in

Jyväskylä Region

Because of the constantly changing situation with COVID-19, the restrictions and recommendations are changing actively too. These restrictions and recommendations affect everyday life. Constantly changing situation might get people confused, so for clarification and to facilitate travel we are assembling the information about the current restrictions and recommendations here.

Last updated on Thursday 24th of September at 17:00 p.m. The latest updates concerned the following issues:  Gathering

 

Gathering

The Regional state Administrative Agency has decided that public events of more than 50 persons can also be arranged in October. According to the decision, events over 50 persons can be arranged indoors and in confined outdoor spaces when the organizer of the event can ensure the safety of the participants.

Events' maximum number of participants hasn't been limited. All sizes of events can still be arranged in September if the safety of the participants is ensured by following the instructions of Finnish institute of health and welfare and Ministry of Education and Culture.

  •  There should be secured safety distances 1-2 meters between the participants / party and others.
  • If queues occure, people should be reminded about keeping safety distances.
  • Organizer must give intstructions about the safety distances, good hand hygiene and also provide a way to keep your hands clean.

 

On the 24th September, Jyväskylä city gave a recommendation to its' citizens who are over 15 years of age, to wear mask for the next two week in public places. The masks are recommended to be used in:

  • Public places and public events
  • Outdoor events where safety distances are difficult to execute
  • In all public transportations

THL recommeds using face masks. Recommendation applies to those hospital districts where coronavirus infections have been detected within the last two weeks. THL recommends wearing face masks when:
 - you use public transport
 - you are on your way to take a coronavirus test and are waiting for the test results, but you have an urgent reason to go outside
 - you are returning to Finland from a risk area and are travelling from the place of arrival to quarantine. Also if you have an urgent reason to spend time outside during quarantine. 

 

Food, beverage and accommodation service businesses

On 13th July the restrictions that concern food and beverage service businesses were lifted, but still every customer has to have their own seat at the restaurant.  

Accommodation service businesses and their restaurant services may be open. However, some of the accommodation services can still be closed or partly open until further notice – it's very important to follow accommodation service businesses' own social media accounts and websites to collect information about their opening hours. 

 

Cultural services

It's recommended to follow safety distances and hygiene at every cultural event. Theatre performances, festivals, concerts and other cultural events are public events. Gathering restrictions, that are mentioned above, also apply on cultural events. 

 

Risk groups and people over 70 years

It's important to follow the guidelines (hand and respiratory hygiene, safety distances) to reduce the risk of infectious disease to spread. The government doesn't anymore give different guidelines to avoid physical contact for risk groups or elderly. 

The Government recommends that access to the customer premises of units providing 24-hour care and treatment remain limited to their staff. Older clients and risk group clients, however, must be given the opportunity to meet their family and loved ones safely.

Hospitals and care facilities must give a possibility for critically ill people and hospise customers to meet their family and loved ones safely. 

 

Healthcare

Remember to visit your doctor if you have any abnormal symptoms or for example a chronic illnes that needs control visits. Do not cancel appointments for no reason.

The Government recommends that access to the customer premises of units providing 24-hour care and treatment remain limited to their staff. Older clients and risk group clients, however, must be given the opportunity to meet their family and loved ones safely.

Hospitals and care facilities must give a possibility for critically ill people and hospise customers to meet their family and loved ones safely.

 

Travelling in Finland

Travel within Finland is allowed when you're following the safety and health guidelines. All travel have to be avoided when ill and it's important to take care of good hand and respiratory hygiene. The Government and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) recommends using face masks when travelling by public transport. 

 

Travelling to Finland and outside of Finland

Every finnish citizen has always the right to return to Finland and everyone also has the right to leave. The Government still recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to countries other than those for which the restrictions on entry have been lifted. The situation is assessed approximately every two weeks. 

If you're returning to Finland from a high-risk area, it's recommended to self-isolate for 14 days. Wearing a face mask is recommended when are travelling from the place of arrival to quarantine or if you have an urgent reason to spend time outside your home during your quarantine.

If you're returning to Finland from a country thats restrictions have been lifted, you don't need to self-isolate.

In its informal meeting, the Government stated that it would be possible to issue a personal quarantine order to a person arriving from a high-risk area for 14 days if there is a reason to suspect that the person has been exposed to coronavirus: this happens for example when there have been symptomatic passengers on board a flight. COVID-19 tests are also performed on travellers under sections of the Communicable Diseases Act. Test are voluntary, but if a person doesn't submit to a test voluntarily, a regional state administrative agency may order mandatory testing. This is also possible when, for example, there have been symptomatic passengers on board a flight. 

 

Internal border traffic

Internal border traffic means movement within the Schengen area. Schengen area includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.

In its negotiations on 11th of September, the Government decided that from the 19th of September traffic between Finland and Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Germany is no longer restricted. Also, traffic is not restricted between Finland and Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Slovakia. Travel across border crossing points between Finland and Sweden and between Finland and Norway will be permitted between local border communities.

The decision made is valid until the 18th of October the traffic between Finland and the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, Denmark, Hungary and Czech Republic except for pleasure boat traffic.

Internal border control is lifted:
Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Germany and pleasure craft traffic.

Internal border control and traveling restrictions will continue:
Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Portugal, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Switzerland. Starting from 24.8. also Iceland, Greece, Malta, and Denmark.

Return traffic to Finland, commuting and other essential traffic is allowed from the entire Schengen area. Although Finland has abandoned internal border control with some countries, it's important to notice that these countries may have their own restrictions on the admission of tourists.

 

External border traffic

External border traffic restrictions will be lifted from the 19th of September between Finland and Cyprus, also from the cittizens of Autralia, Canada and Japan who travel from their home country to Finland. 

Other countries outside of the Schengen region, the restriction will continue until the 18th of October. 

Traffic between Finland and following countries is allowed without restrictions:
Vatican, Georgia, Cyprus, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Australia, Canada, Japan and China, if the Council of the EU confirms reciprocity with China. 

Restrictions will continue:
Andorra, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, the United Kingdom, Monaco, Ireland, San Marino and countries on the green list where the number of infections exceeds the assesment criterion (Algeria, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia) and other third countries. 

Return traffic to finland, transit traffic at Helsinki Airport and other essential traffic is allowed at the external borders. Family members of Finnish citizens may enter the country regardless of their nationality. Berry pickers, that are invited to the country by their employer, are allowed to travel to Finland.  

Finnish airports recommend using face masks in the airport's premises. Travelers must avoid physical contact. Maintaining the safety distances and taking care of good hand and respiratory hygiene is important. It's recommended to leave from airports and harbours by own car or by a taxi. 

 

Read more:

Practical information for travelers to Finland during corona pandemic: https://www.visitfinland.com/article/practical-travel-information-for-travelers-to-finland-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Entering Finland and travelling abroad: https://um.fi/entering-finland-and-travelling-abroad

Finnish institute for health and welfare: Latest updates and information about COVID-19: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates

Information on the coronavirus in Jyväskylä: https://www.jyvaskyla.fi/en/health-care-and-social-services/healthcare-services/information-coronavirus-jyvaskyla

Finnish institute for health and welfare: Coronavirus instructions in different languages for customers: https://aineistopankki.thl.fi/l/TCBbp-75_d69

 

 

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