Lisätty 12.01.2022.

Current coronavirus recommendations and restrictions in place for the Lapland Hospital District

Updated on: 12 January 2022

There may be delays in the updating of the translated versions. You can find up-to-date information in Finnish from the website of the Lapland Hospital District

Description of the situation

The Lapland Hospital District is in the community transmission phase of the epidemic.

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General instructions

Do not go to any public places if you are ill. If you have mild symptoms related to the coronavirus, go and take a coronavirus test (cough, sore throat, runny nose, high temperature, changes in smell, diarrhoea). Use a face mask when you are travelling to the test site and stay at home until the test results have been confirmed. If the result of the coronavirus test is positive, you will be given instructions on treatment and movement.

Maintain safe distances of at least two (2) metres, and take good care of hand and cough hygiene.

Download the Koronavilkku app on your phone. If the Koronavilkku app alerts you about possible exposure, follow the instructions that the Koronavilkku app gives you.

The use of face mask is recommended for all public indoor spaces and on public transport where safe distancing cannot be guaranteed. In the workplace, the use of a face mask is recommended for people who have visited an area that is in the acceleration or community transmission phase during the previous 14 days. The use of face mask is still recommended for all persons working in customer service positions. However, in the social and health care customer and patient units, all staff must continue to use the surgical face mask covering the nose and mouth when taking care of customers and patients.
 

Public events, obligations of event organisers, and private events

5 January 2022

Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland: Election campaigns must be organised in a health-safe manner
Link to the Regional State Administrative Agency bulletin: The campaigns and polling stations for local elections must take account of assembly restrictions and restrictions on the use of premises
22 December

The Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland bans all indoor public events and public gatherings with more than 20 participants happening within its jurisdiction. The use of premises requires action to prevent the risk of infection. Start making plans and concentrate on maintaining strict hygiene. The requirement for a COVID-19 passport is possible widely. These regulations are valid from 23 December 2021 to 22 January 2022 for the entire region of Lapland.
Link to the Regional State Administrative Agency bulletin:  In Lapland, the restriction of public events is extended to the whole region of Lapland – the risk of infection must also be prevented in the use of premises
23 December

The Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District recommends that all private events and gatherings of over twenty (20) people should not be organised.
1 October

Link to the guidelines issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM):Instructions for preventing coronavirus infections at public events and public gatherings, and instructions for the use of certain public spaces
 

Restaurants and bars

11 January

Government Decree: In the community transmission areas of the epidemic, the serving of alcohol in all restaurants and bars ends at 17:00 and restaurants is open for the catering of meals for guests from 5:00 to 18:00. These restrictions also apply to restaurants that do not serve alcoholic beverages (e.g. cafeterias and fast food restaurants). In bars where alcohol consumption is the main focus of commercial activity, a maximum of half of indoor and outdoor customer places can be in use. In other restaurants and bars, only 75% of indoor customer places can be in use. In all indoor areas of bars and restaurants, every customer must have their own seat by a table or similar counter. General hygiene and safe distancing obligations still apply for all epidemic levels. The regulation on the opening hours of restaurants is valid through to 31 January 2022. The COVID-19 Passport cannot be used as an alternative to restrictions through to 31 January 2022. The restrictions provided do not apply to staff restaurants or the sale of take-away food to customers.
Link to the Government bulletin: Changes in restaurant opening hours and use of the COVID-19 Passport
Link to the guidelines published by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Lapland (AVI): Restaurants, bars and the coronavirus

Visits to hospitals, and to social and health service units

5 January 2022

Instructions issued by the Infection Control Unit: Patient visits at the Lapland Hospital District’s social and health service units (also applicable to the Lapland Central Hospital) are generally prohibited, with the following exceptions. Visits by patients’ relatives to Lapland Hospital District hospitals and other Lapland Hospital District units have been banned until further notice, in order to reduce the risk of infection for both patients and staff.
This decision does not apply to the relatives of children’s hospital patients and childbirth patients, if they are asymptomatic. At the Maternity Ward, the term ‘relatives’ primarily means the father of the new-born or other support person. In the case of the Paediatric Ward, ‘relatives’ refer to both parents or guardians. Only one recipient may accompany a patient to the Emergency Department.
For a patient who is in hospice or otherwise seriously ill, visits by the asymptomatic relatives are possible and must be separately agreed with the care unit in question.
 

Travel

28 December

Government decision: Internal border control will be restored to traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries from 28 December 2021 to 16 January 2022.
Link to the Government bulletin: Internal border control will be returned to traffic between Finland and the Schengen countries from 28 December onwards – the same restrictions will now apply to all those arriving in Finland
20 December.

Infection Control Unit EU ja Schengen-alueen ulkopuolelta saapuvien hyväksytyt maahantulon kriteerit 21.12.2021 alkaen.
The approved Entry Conditions to Finland for travellers arriving from outside the EU and Schengen area as of 21 December 2021
16 December

According to a Government Decision, passengers arriving from outside the EU and Schengen area who have received a complete vaccination series are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result that is less than 48 hours old and also to have a vaccination certificate. The Decision is valid for the period from 20 December 2021 to 16 January 2022.
Link to the bulletin: Passengers arriving from third countries with a complete vaccination series will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test starting from 21 December
1 November

www.koronaturvallinenlappi.fi: Information for people arriving in Lapland from abroad: Tourist Information
19 May

Infection Control Unit of the Lapland Hospital District (LSHP):  COVID-19 instructions for safe domestic travel to the Lapland Hospital District area
27 November

Travelling Instructions from the website of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
28 December

Finnish Border Guard: Instructions for crossing the border during the COVID-19 pandemic from 28 December 2021 to 16 January December 2022

Fitness, sports, and other group activities

10 January 2022

Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland does not currently consider issuing a decision requiring closure of premises because the conditions for a closure decision under the Communicable Diseases Act have not been met. The Regional State Administrative Agency reminds that recreational facilities continue to be subject to the obligations under Section 58(d) of the Communicable Diseases Act to prevent the risk of infection due to close contact.
28 May

Link to the guidelines issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM): Instructions for preventing coronavirus infections in camps of children and young people

21 May

Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District: Sports, fitness, and team pastime activities can be organised, but coronavirus safety instructions must be remembered: maintain safe distancing and use a face mask in all situations, except for sportspeople engaging in the actual sports performance.
 

Remote working, remote meetings, and training sessions

1 December Infection Control Unit. Recommendation for remote work where possible.
 

Education and early childhood education

22 December

Link to the recommendations issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM): Recommendation from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Education and Culture to providers of education and early childhood education during the COVID-19 epidemic
28 May

Link to the guidelines issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM): Instructions for preventing coronavirus infections in camps of children and young people
The hospital district area follows the recommendation of the Health and Welfare Institution and the Ministry of Education and Culture. 
 

When children fall ill

For all children under 12 years of age with coronavirus symptoms, a coronavirus test is taken in the following cases:

  • those exposed to a known case of a coronavirus infection
  • the child’s family members are over 16 years old, who do not have full vaccination protection
  • the child’s infection symptoms require testing according to clinical discretion

If you experience even the slightest of symptoms you must not go to a kindergarten or school.
 

Instructions for those who have been infected with or exposed to the coronavirus

Instructions for people ordered to quarantine due to exposure to the COVID-19 virus 31 December 2021
Instructions for people ordered to quarantine due to testing positive for the coronavirus 26 January 2021
Instructions for patients following the COVID-19 test

Northern Sámi, Instructions for people ordered to quarantine due to exposure to the COVID-19 virus 9 February 2021
Northern Sámi, Instructions for people ordered to quarantine due to testing positive for the coronavirus 26 January 2021
Northern Sámi, Instructions for patients following the COVID-19 test 17 April 2020

In English: Instructions for people ordered to quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 test result 26 January 2021
In English: Instructions for people ordered to quarantine due exposure to COVID-19 9 February 2021
In English: Instructions for patients after taking the COVID-19 test 19 October 2020


Updated on 12 January 2022
Lapland Hospital District / Infection Control Unit