Lisätty 07.06.2021.

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

Updated on: 14 June 2021

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Updated on: 14 June 2021

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

The Länsi-Pohja Regional Pandemic Working Group strongly recommends that from 14 June 2021 onwards, a maximum of 50 people should be allowed to take part in indoor events and public meetings, with a maximum of 100 people allowed to attend outdoor events. Larger outdoor events open to the public, such as sports events, can be organised in such a way that the audience is divided into sections of up to 100 people. These recommendations are valid for 14–20 June 2021.

The recommendations are also applied to team/group leisure activities taking place indoors for people over the age of 20. Municipalities make their own decisions regarding the use of sports and fitness facilities. Swimming pools can be open for people of all ages. In addition, group or team sports taking place outdoors are now allowed in accordance with the instructions provided by the sports unions. Libraries reading halls may be open, taking into account the coronavirus safety instructions.

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 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. The use of face masks is also recommended for secondary school pupils and parents in schools and during recreational activities.

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.

In respect to the opening hours of catering establishments, the government regulation shall be adhered to, which came into force on 8 June 2021. Read more here. 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 home region should be avoided.

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.