The Government to Limit Use of Indoor Spaces, All Restaurants to Shut Doors at 18:00
It took whole eight hours on Friday for the ministerial coronavirus working group to reach a consensus on new restrictions for the rest of January.
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The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, on Friday alone a total of 9,921 new coronavirus infections were confirmed. (In Central Ostrobothnia, for example, half of the new infections are estimated to have been caused by the Omicron.)
The ministerial working group discussed a total shutdown of the restaurants, but a decision is yet to be made.
The working group wants to “significantly limit the use of indoor spaces in whole Finland,” according to a statement published near midnight. Indoor hobbies of children and youth of all ages are likely to stop for now.
However, the group decided to exempt schools from transferring to distance learning.
While many restrictions on restaurants are already in place in the Uusimaa region, now all food and beverage services in the country will be forced to close their doors at 18:00. “In addition, the ministerial working group discussed a total shutdown of the restaurants, but a decision is yet to be made,” the group noted.
The working group will receive further clarification on the subject, and the decision will be handled next week.
“New actions against the coronavirus are needed,” Krista Kiuru (the SDP), the minister of family affairs and social services, said to the media on Friday evening. “That includes temporarily continuing with the current restrictions until the end of January.”
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