Current coronavirus recommendations and restrictions in place for the Lapland Hospital District
Updated on: 12 April 2021
Description of the situation
The situation in the Lapland Hospital District has substantially calmed down in the last two weeks and the Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District has decided to declare the area has now returned to the baseline level.
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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 persons over the age of 12 years in all public indoor areas within the Lapland Hospital District area where safe distancing cannot be maintained. Places such as these include public transport, shops, restaurants, public gatherings/events, and so on. In addition, the use of face masks is recommended for people in the risk groups and for those who meet them, whenever safe distancing cannot be maintained.
Public events, obligations of event organisers, and private events
All events with more than twenty (20) participants held in the Lapland Hospital District area are banned for the period 12 April – 11 May.
Link to the instructions issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland:
8 April In the Lapland medical district, a 20-person public gathering restriction will take effect
Link to the instructions 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 public spaces, issued on 21 September 2020 (in Finnish).
Instructions updated on 22 February 2021 to correspond to a temporary change in the situation as intended by the Communicable Diseases Act (obligations for event organisers).
6 April The Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District recommends that all private events and gatherings of over twenty (20) people should be avoided.
Restaurants and bars
26 February Government Decree: Restrictions imposed on catering establishments for the period 1 March – 30 June 2021: Restaurants must close at 11 p.m. and stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. In restaurants, every customer must have their own place to sit, unnecessary movement shall be avoided and no congestion shall occur. Safe distancing shall be put in place between customers and groups. Starting from 5 March 2021, restaurants and bars shall not organise or permit any dancing or karaoke singing. The restaurant must make and provide instructions for its customers on what movement is permitted in its indoor spaces.
For catering establishments whose main catering activity is the serving of alcoholic beverages, the number of people allowed at any one time is set at half the normal number.
Link to the decree: Regulation on restrictions on catering establishments issued
Link to the instructions issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Lapland (AVI): Restaurants and the coronavirus
Visits to hospitals, and to social and health service units
If the visitor has even the slightest symptoms of infection, the visit is not allowed. Visits can be carried out safely when the visitors and patients/customers use surgical face masks that cover the nose and mouth, take good care of hand disinfection, and maintain social distancing recommendations.
Visitors for one patient/customer shall not exceed two people at any one time. The visit takes place in a separate room/space where there are no other patients/customers or, if possible, outdoors. Avoid interaction with all other patients/customers. It is the duty of staff to instruct visitors to implement instructions concerning the coronavirus.
26 February Coronavirus Coordination Group: It is recommended for people to use face masks on public transport and to take care of good hand hygiene.
Please read the instructions by the Lapland Hospital District on 4 December 2020: Instructions for domestic travellers travelling to the Lapland Hospital District area from areas currently experiencing the acceleration and community transmission phase
25 March Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland: A health inspection must still be arranged for everyone who enters the country at Lapland’s border crossing points through to 30 April 2021
The new coronavirus variants pose a substantial new epidemic threat, and effective efforts must be employed to prevent these variants from spreading in Finland. At every border crossing point, all people crossing the national border shall be directed to take a health inspection, unless they can provide a verifiable reason for not taking a coronavirus test. The municipalities are responsible for organising these health checks and coronavirus tests in their areas, including at border crossing points.
25 March 2021: Bulletin issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland
5 March 2021 Health safety procedure for all persons entering Finland in the Lapland Hospital District area
2 February 2021 The Ministry for Foreign Affairs urges people to avoid all travel to the Brazil, Ireland (Eire), Portugal, South Africa, and the United Kingdom in accordance with the recommendation of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. For all other countries, the Foreign Ministry’s general travel advice due to the COVID-19 pandemic is to avoid all but essential travel.
See instructions on the
THL website: New travel restrictions in place 27 January – changes to instructions regarding travel
Travel and the coronavirus pandemic on the website of the Finnish Border Guard:
Guidance for passengers entering Finland, issued by the Finnish Border Guard
On the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs:
Changes to travel recommendations: avoid all travel to Brazil, Ireland (Eire), Portugal, South Africa and the United Kingdom
Fitness, sports, and other group activities
6 April Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District: There is no longer any need to suspend group activity for people over 16 years of age. However, it is still recommended that no sports and fitness events crossing the hospital district boundary be organised until 24 April. This recommendation applies to all individual and team sports and fitness events indoors and outdoors. However, this recommendation does not apply to national team events or competitions on the national championship or first division levels.
Remote working, remote meetings, and training sessions
Please follow the guidelines issued by the Government. For public sector employees, remote working is recommended, if this is possible for the job in question. The same measures are also recommended for private sector employers. The assessment of coordination between locally and remotely performed tasks takes place at the workplace.
In addition, such work arrangements should be adopted in the workplace that reduce close contacts and other risk factors. Workplace meetings and training sessions should also be organised remotely. If remote working arrangements are not possible, meetings/negotiations must apply the face mask recommendation, if social distancing rules cannot be maintained.
6 April The Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District recommends encouraging remote working in workplaces where it is possible.
Education and early childhood education
6 April The Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District recommends that in schools, all school employees and seventh graders and older use face masks.
The Hospital District area adheres to the recommendations issued by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture.
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 and care during the COVID-19 epidemic, 4 August 2020 (PDF) (in Finnish)
Link to instructions issued by the Lapland Hospital District: The health of children and attending school during the coronavirus pandemic – A list of child risk groups during the coronavirus epidemic issued by THL and university hospitals 30 April 2020
When children fall ill
Act according to the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) guidelines. If a school-aged child or a family member experiences even the mildest of symptoms related to the coronavirus, the symptomatic person must take a coronavirus test without delay. A school-aged child can return to school if the coronavirus test is negative and the symptoms have clearly alleviated.
Mild symptoms experienced by a child under school age can be monitored at home for a couple of days without having to take a coronavirus test. The symptoms of the child are considered mild if the child is otherwise alert and able to play, even if they have a runny nose, cough and/or high temperature. However, a child with mild symptoms shall not attend early childhood education. If the symptoms are monitored and completely disappear, a coronavirus test does not need to be taken and the child can return to early childhood education after at least one day without showing any symptoms. If symptoms persist, it would be good to determine whether or not these symptoms are caused by the coronavirus.
Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay at home at least until the test results have been received. Asymptomatic family members can attend school, kindergarten or work while waiting for the test results, unless there is a strong suspicion that the family member waiting for the test results is infected with the coronavirus. If the coronavirus test is positive, the whole family must stay at home.
See the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) website for more information: Children and the coronavirus
Treatment of other illnesses
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, it is good to treat existing diseases and also to attend examinations and seek treatment for long-term symptoms. It is safe to come to the Lapland Central Hospital and the health centres of the Lapland Hospital District.
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 9 February 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 April 2021
Lapland Hospital District / Infection Control Unit