Indoor public events prohibited, closure of various facilities in Uusimaa

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THE REGIONAL The State Administrative Agency (AVI) for Southern Finland on Thursday decided to use strict restrictions in an attempt to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Uusimaa, Finland’s most populous region.

Public indoor events in the region will be banned for the three weeks between December 28 and January 17. Customer and communal facilities, meanwhile, will be closed for two weeks starting December 28.

The restrictions cannot be avoided by using the coronavirus passport.

The decision will, for example, lead to the closure of cinemas in the capital region. Hannele Wolf-Mannille, Finnkino’s sales manager, confirmed at YLE on Thursday that the chain of cinemas will close all its cinemas in the hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).

“In practice, this means that cinemas must be closed. The screenings will have to be stopped on December 28, “she told the public broadcaster.

“It sets all of our plans in motion. The Christmas season is the most important season of the year for cinemas, and now that won’t happen again. This will naturally have a big impact on all cinemas and film distributors financially as well. “

The decision was taken under section 58g of the Communicable Disease Act, which applies to a range of sports and exercise facilities, including gymnasiums and facilities for team sports, contact sports, group exercises and other similar physical activities. Public spas, saunas, swimming pools, dance studios, amateur theaters, choir rehearsal rooms, indoor playgrounds and common areas of shopping malls will also be closed.

Libraries and museums, however, will remain open.

However, the aforementioned facilities can be used for organized activities of children and young people born in 2004 or later. The restrictions also do not apply to professional sports or activities that are a matter of private or family life.

AVI for Southern Finland argued that the restrictions are justified due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in Uusimaa. The situation is already a threat to regional health care capacity, according to HUS.

The restrictions should both help slow the spread of the epidemic and provide additional time to increase vaccination, the regional agency said.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT


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