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Current recommendations and restrictions in Helsinki

The coronavirus epidemic is currently in the community transmission phase in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. This compilation presents the recommendations and restrictions currently in effect in Helsinki. In addition, various city divisions have issued special recommendations and communicated about them in the context of the relevant services.

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Recommendations for the use of face masks

The recommendation is in effect until further notice.

By using a mask, everyone over the age of 12 can protect themselves in situations in which it is difficult to avoid close contact, for example, in indoor public spaces and when using crowded public transport. Members of groups deemed at high risk of contracting the coronavirus should also continue to wear a mask in public, even if they are fully vaccinated.

Wearing a mask is still recommended in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in the following circumstances:

  • if you are in transit to a coronavirus test or treatment due to a suspected infection
  • if you have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection and must move about in public
  • if you know you have been exposed to the coronavirus (for example, a family member has tested positive) and you must move about in public
  • if you pay a visit to social and health services as a client, patient or visitor, or if you are an employee of these services, in line with guidelines from the relevant authorities.

The separate recommendations to use a mask at schools, universities and other learning institutions in the area will also end. Those who wish to continue using a mask are free to do so, and masks will continue to be distributed at no cost to students and staff of city schools and learning institutions.

Recreational activities

No restrictions are in effect.

Remote work

The recommendation is valid until further notice.

It is recommended to employers that wide-scale remote work be gradually switched to a combination of remote and contact work as of 1 March.

Visitation restrictions at social and health care units

This recommendation is in effect until further notice.

Family members and close friends of patients treated at Helsinki’s hospitals can visit them. For indoor visits, the maximum number of visitors is two at a time. There can be two visits per day. There is no time limit set for an individual visit. For outdoor visits, there are no restrictions on the number of visitors, the number visits per day and their duration.

If you come to visit, you must not have COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms. Visitors must wear a face mask, ensure good hand hygiene and keep a safe distance from others. You can ask for more information about visits from the hospital where your relative/friend is being treated.

Visiting instructions at senior centres, sheltered houses and nursing homes

  • We recommend conducting visits primarily outdoors.
  • We recommend that indoor visits take place in your loved one's room or a separate room for visitors.
  • Only visit when you are in good health.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitiser before your visit.
  • We recommend using a face mask throughout the visit.
  • Maintain a sufficient physical distance from your loved one and other residents.

Service centres for pensioners and the unemployed

The Service Centres are open from 1 March 2022. The service numbers will respond as usual.

Day and group activities for the elderly

The day and group activities are open from 1 March 2022. For those needing the most support we try to find alternative ways of communication.

Regulations regarding customer premises

No restrictions are in effect.

Public premises

Health safety is ensured in all customer service premises of the City of Helsinki by means of premises-specific arrangements.

Restrictions on restaurant opening hours, serving times and customer capacity

No restrictions are in effect.

Public events

Restrictions on public events in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area were lifted on Monday 14 February 2022.

Private events

No restrictions are in effect.

Organisation of teaching

Comprehensive schools, upper secondary schools and vocational education and training institutions have all returned to face-to-face classroom instruction. All schools and learning institutions encourage good hand hygiene and cough etiquette and hands are washed often throughout the day. Students with symptoms that could indicate an acute viral infection are asked to stay home until the symptoms have passed. Face masks are available for free at the schools to students who wish to use them.

Safety in education

No restrictions are in effect.

THL: Children and coronavirus

More on the topic:

Coronavirus updates from Helsinki

HUS: Regional situation in the coronavirus epidemic and issued recommendations

Restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic

26.09.2022 09:19