The Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group recommends changing the personal limits for public events
At its meeting on Thursday 20 May 2021, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group recommended that the Southern Finland Regional State Administrative Agency continue its decision to ban all indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings for a limited period of time, however, that from 1 June 2021 onwards a maximum of 10 people may be allowed indoors and a maximum of 50 people outdoors, in so far as instructions issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare on 21 September 2020 are followed. The guidelines require, among other things, that the number of people at events be limited so that a safe distance of least two meters between people and groups can be maintained.
For outdoor spaces, the spaces could be separated into blocks of up to 50 people. The coordination group recommends that the decision remains in force until 30 June 2021. The decision may be changed if the epidemic situation develops for the worse. With regard to private events, the coordination group recommends that these comply with the decision made by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland regarding public events.
The coronavirus coordination group also recommends that the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland continues their decision to maintain the actual distance in public premises on the basis of temporary section 58 d of the Communicable Diseases Act from 1 June 2021 until 30 June 2021.
The coordination group will continue to prepare for the lifting of the restrictions in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The coordination group outlined today that the limited and gradual opening of municipal customer service facilities will be outlined at a meeting next week. The aim is to open service facilities from the beginning of June onwards, provided that the epidemic situation develops favourably and, at least, does not worsen. Services to be discussed next week include, in particular, cultural and leisure facilities, such as museums, exhibitions, culture centres, libraries, swimming pools and outdoor swimming pools.
All public customer facilities, with the exception of guided recreational activity time slots and youth facilities for children and young people born in 2001 and later, will remain closed. Some swimming halls are open to those with a special swimming card, as well as persons born in 1955 and earlier. Limited services are available at libraries. For example, all cultural centres, museums and exhibition spaces in the cities will remain closed. The operations of adult education centres have been suspended. The recommendations will remain in effect until further notice.