Regional situation in the coronavirus epidemic and issued recommendations
A regional coordination group operates in Uusimaa to organize the regional work that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health requires the authorities to carry out and to coordinate the measures (in Finnish). The group convening on a weekly basis monitors the epidemic situation and the need for recommendations and restrictions aimed at tackling the epidemic. The group is chaired by Chief Medical Officer Markku Mäkijärvi from HUS.
The regional coordination group proposes recommendations and restrictions related to the epidemic. The official decisions will be made by the Regional State Administrative Agency (Aluehallintovirasto) and by municipalities.
Epidemic situation on June 3rd 2021
The coronavirus epidemic is in an acceleration phase in Eastern and Western Uusimaa, excluding Espoo and Kauniainen. Other parts of Uusimaa are in a community transmission phase.
The regional recommendations
Everyone over the age of 12 is recommended to wear a face mask when in a space with other people present.
Employers are recommended to organize remote work in all tasks that can be carried out remotely even temporarily. If working remotely is not possible, workplaces should stagger lunch and coffee breaks.
The coordination group recommends that private events follow the guidelines set by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland.
The regional restrictions
Protecting the elderly and other at-risk groups is especially important. Restrictions on visiting social welfare and healthcare units, including units that provide 24-hour-care:
Public spaces may be opened at a limited capacity starting June 1, 2021 by decision of each municipality.
Conditions for using facilities meant for customers or participants in Uusimaa areas that are in in a community transmission phase are defined in the Regional State Administrative Agency's guidelines (Communicable Diseases Act section 58 d).
Starting June 1st, public events and general meetings can be held in accordance with the Regional State Administrative Agency's decision.
Additionally, municipalities may issue stricter restrictions based on the epidemic situation in their area.
Recreational activities for adults, children, and adolescents will be made possible by municipal decisions. All activities must adhere to the Regional State Administrative Agency’s guidelines for that area regarding Communicable Diseases Act sections 58 c, 58 d and 58.
The regional coordination group recommends that private service providers adhere to these restrictions as well.
Restricting the opening hours, alcohol sales hours and the number of customer seats of food and beverage service businesses: according to the guidelines issued by the Government.
Read more about the criteria for the different stages of the epidemic in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health’s press release and the publication ”Action plan for implementing recommendations and restrictive measures under the hybrid strategy following the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic” (in Finnish).
The current municipality-specific recommendations and restrictions can be found on each municipality’s website: