Practical information about corona pandemic in Jyväskylä Region

The government has decided that our coronavirus restrictions are being phased out gradually starting on 1st June. The aim is to minimize the impacts of restrictions on people, society, businesses and the exercise of fundamental rights while still preventing the epidemic to spread. Constantly changing situation might get people confused, so for clarification and to facilitate travel we are assembling the information about the general guidelines of lifting the restrictions here. 

Last updated on Thursday 24th June at 12 pm. 

 

Gathering

It's recommended that people follow the guidelines on safe distances and hygiene. Gatherings over 500 people are forbidden until 31.7. If it's possible to use demarcated areas for the audiences and maintain, for example, the safety distances, it's possible to arrange events with total audience of over 500 persons starting from 1st July. 

Public events and meetings with a maximum of 50 persons can be held in indoor and outdoor premises. Over 50 and maximum of 500 persons public events and meetings can be organized in indoor and enclosed outdoor areas. 

Starting from 1st August it may be possible to allow over 500 persons public events and meetings in both indoor and outdoor spaces if the epidemic situation doesn't get worse. More detailed decisions about this matter are going to be published during the beginning of July. 

On camps for children and young people, it's recommended that the size of groups are restricted to a maximum of 50 persons. 

 

Food, beverage and accommodation service businesses

Food and beverage service businesses can be open from 4 am to 2 am according to the new guidelines starting from Monday 22.6. Serving alcohol is allowed from 9am to 1am. 22.6.-12.7. food and beverage service businesses can take in 3/4 customers of their normal customer amounts. The restrictions of customer amount do not apply to restaurant's terraces: however, every person has to have their own seat at the terrace and it's still important to follow safety distances. Buffet tables are also allowed and customers can now serve their own food and drinks from buffets starting from 22.6. 

Food and beverage service businesses have to give guides of how to prevent the contagious disease to spread. Customers must have a possibility to wash their hands in the premises and the company is also accountable of the safety distances between customers. Food and beverage service business must have a plan of how they follow the restrictions and the plan has to be on a visible place for customers.

Startig from 13th July the restrictions that concern food and beverage service businesses are being lifted, but even after that, every customer has to have their own seat. 

Accommodation service businesses have opened their doors starting from June 1st and some of them have been limitedly open for the whole time. Because of the restrictions being lifted, acommodation service businesses can now open their restaurants and start to serve food at the premises. Some of the accommodation services may still be closed 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. 

At the beginning of June, it's possible to open museums, theatres, the National Opera, cultural houses, libraries, hobby and leisure facilities, youth centres and club facilities for the public. 

 

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. 

Clients in care facilities have to have an opportunity to meet their family and loved ones safely, for example outside or in separate meeting spaces. Visiting to hospital is permitted starting from 17.6. Be sure to take care of your hand and respiratory hygiene when visiting to hospitals and care facilities.

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.

Clients in care facilities have to have an opportunity to meet their family and loved ones safely, for example outside or in separate meeting spaces. Visiting to hospital is permitted starting from 17.6. Be sure to take care of your hand and respiratory hygiene when visiting to hospitals and care facilities.

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. 

 

Travellig 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 recommends avoiding unnecessary travel to other countries than Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Travelling to these countries is now allowed.

Internal border control was lifted on June 15th on the land border between Finland and Norway. Border control was also lifted for air traffic, regular ferry services and recreational vessel traffic between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Internal border control continues for traffic between Finland and other Schengen countries* than the ones that are mentioned above. Commuting, return traffic to Finland and other necessary traffic is possible from EU, Schengen countries and UK. 

Starting from 15.6. it's recommended to self-isolate if you're returning to Finland from the countries that are still under internal border control or externar border control (for example Sweden and Russia). 

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. 

Based to the current epidemic situation Finland could abandon internal border controls between Finland and Italy, Austria, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Liechtenstein starting from 13.7. In addition to these countries, travelling to Finland would be allowed from Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland. The government will make a more accurate estimate about this matter on 10th July.  

*Schengen area includes 26 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands.

 

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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