Metropolitan area for easing bars on public events from 8 Feb
The Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group recommended to the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland that indoor public seating be allowed at 50 per cent capacity from 8 February, onwards, said the City of Helsinki in a press release on Tuesday.
The group, however, recommended that the maximum number of participants be limited to a maximum of 500 people.
Large private events are still recommended to be avoided. The aim is to allow indoor public events without restrictions in from 1 March, onwards, if the epidemic situation and the hospital load allow it.
The coronavirus pandemic situation and its development in the metropolitan area has turned towards the better. The peak of the epidemic in the metropolitan area is estimated to have passed and the situation is generally levelling off, although infection rates have remained high.
The epidemic situation in the metropolitan area remains the worst in the country. The load placed on hospital care is also still high, although the need for hospital care has gradually declined. The long-lasting situation, which places an exceptional load on social and health care, has placed a considerable burden on the entire service chain. Furthermore, non-emergency care, for example, has to be kept at lower from normal levels.
Last week, the coordination group recommended that public events be allowed between 1–15 February, in such a way that a maximum of 50 people can be accommodated when seated indoors.
However, the general epidemic situation in the metropolitan area has continued to develop favourably and restrictions can be eased in accordance to a quicker timeframe than previously announced.
The coordination group emphasizes the importance of gradually easing restrictions in order to manage the risk of the epidemic recurring, as well as the load placed on hospital care.
The Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland decides on restrictions on public events and communicates its decision later.
The Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group also outlined the continuation of the current broad remote work recommendation, at least until the end of February. The current extensive mask recommendation will be continued for the time being.
The Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa, and the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland established the Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group on 10 September 2020.
The City of Helsinki is responsible for organising the group’s operations. In addition to the Cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the City of Kauniainen also follows the restrictions and recommendations of the coordination group.