Lisätty 02.12.2020.

Current coronavirus recommendations and restrictions in place for the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District

Updated on 20 January 2021

Länsi-Pohja Hospital District (In Finnish)

The coronavirus situation in the Länsi-Pohja area is in the acceleration phase.

It is recommended that all events and gatherings of more than ten people should be postponed. This recommendation is valid through to 18 February 2021.

Group-type leisure activities taking place indoors for people over the age of 18 are recommended to be discontinued until 18 February 2021.

Remote working and remote meetings are recommended whenever possible in light of the nature of the work tasks in question and are possible according to the employer’s own policies.

It is recommended for secondary schools to use remote learning according to the prevailing epidemic situation in the municipality in question. It is also recommended that no more than ten (10) persons at any one time participate in face-to-face learning sessions. All face-to-face learning sessions must adhere to the coronavirus safety instructions and assurances must be made that sufficient social distancing is adhered to and face masks worn.

It is recommended that you use the face mask in all situations where adequate safe distancing cannot be guaranteed. In particular, people belonging to risk groups should remember to use a face mask. The surgical face mask covering the nose and mouth is recommended for health care personnel working with patients, if adequate social distancing cannot be followed. This recommendation also applies to patients, relatives, visitors, and students. The recommendation for the use of mouth and nose masks by staff and visitors of 24-hour social welfare service units has already been put in force and will continue as before.

Restrictions of visits to social and health care units and similar establishments. Visits must always be agreed with the social and health care unit in question. Visitors must be asymptomatic and only 1–2 visitors can be accepted at a time. Face masks must always be used during these visits by all attending. Hand hygiene and safe distancing recommendations must also be observed. These operational units are responsible for the safe planning and implementation of visits. If necessary, you can seek advice and support for these matters from the hygiene nurses of the Infection Control Unit of the Länsi-Pohja Central Hospital.

A government decree is adhered to in respect to the opening hours of food and beverage service businesses, according to which these food and beverage service businesses operating in the region of Lapland must stop serving alcoholic beverages no later than 10 p.m. and these restaurants must close their doors no later than at 11 p.m. These temporary restrictions on the opening hours and alcoholic beverage selling times for food and beverage service businesses are valid through to 28 February 2021. For more information, please go to the website of the Finnish Government. The health safety instructions for the tourism and restaurant sector in the Lapland region can be found on the website.

Cross-border travel abroad is not recommended at all. Travel within Finland must also be limited to trips that are absolutely necessary. Travel outside of the region should be avoided.

Cross-border communities and daily travelling can be done to Haparanda or you can cross the western border without self-imposing the recommendation of a 10-day quarantine. Those belonging to the border communities of Länsi-Pohja are the residents of Tornio and Ylitornio. For residents of other municipalities, the recommendation for voluntary quarantine should be followed.

Prevention: The Länsi-Pohja regional pandemic working group issues recommendations aimed at safeguarding the health of the population, its health care capacity for operating, and for preventing and limiting the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.

If you experience symptoms, stay at home, do the Omaolo test and arrange to have a coronavirus test, if necessary. Always take good care of hand hygiene and maintain safe distances. Download the Koronavilkku app. Avoid all unnecessary close contact with others.

Treatment of other diseases: Take care of your existing illness and seek examination and treatment with long-term symptoms.