Current coronavirus recommendations and restrictions in place for the Lapland Hospital District
Updated on 14 July 2021.
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 baseline phase of the epidemic.
You can find up-to-date and daily news from the homepage.
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.
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
The Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland cancels the decision on the restriction of assembly in the Lapland Medical District. Although the Regional State Administrative Office no longer restricts meetings, the primary areas continue to be subject to hygiene practices in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act, such as e.g. the possibility of cleaning hands, maintaining adequate social distancing, and the cleaning premises and surfaces. In addition, municipalities and regional coronavirus coordination groups may make recommendations to their regions.
The Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland would like to point out that the disease situation may deteriorate despite the favourable developments in recent weeks. It is therefore important that everyone does their own bit, acts responsibly and follows the specific hygiene guidelines.
Link: The Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland’s announcement concerning the lifting of the public meeting and gathering restrictions issued on 31 May 2021
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, issued on 21 May 2020.
Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District: The restrictions on the number of people allowed to attend private events is to be lifted, but it is still recommended to maintain social distancing of two metres of safety and to use a face mask.
Restaurants and bars
23 June Amendment to the Government regulation starting from 24 June onwards: No separate restrictions on customer numbers or alcohol serving times and opening hours. General hygiene and safe distancing obligations apply: Customers shall be provided with information and instructions on how to behave correctly and prevent coronavirus infections. Customers must have the possibility to wash their hands.
Sufficient distances must be maintained between customers, both indoors and outdoors.
The restaurant, and in particular its surfaces, must be kept clean.
Every customer indoors must have their own place to sit by a table or counter.
Link: (Bulletin issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health):Restaurants and bars and restrictions 24 June 2021
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
18 June Instructions issued by the Infection Control Unit: The COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted by respiratory droplet and contact infection when a person coughs and sneezes. The virus can also be transmitted by hands and touching surfaces. If the visitor has even the slightest symptoms of infection, the visit is not allowed.
Visits can be carried out safely, if 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. Common coffee drinking and other social events are possible when safe distancing rules are followed.
Visitors from regions in the acceleration and community transmission phases are recommended to take a rapid antigen test prior to their visit. It is the duty of staff to instruct visitors to implement the aforementioned instructions concerning the coronavirus.
14 July Lapland Hospital District and Lapland Border Guard District Headquarters Conditions for entering the country and coronavirus tests for people arriving in the Lapland Hospital District
15 June Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland: The compulsory health examination at Lapland’s border crossing points will continue for people arriving from high-risk nations for the period 16 June – 31 July 2021.
Changes have been made to the border crossing guidelines.
Link and further details: Press Release issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Lapland on 19 May
Infection Control Unit of the Lapland Hospital District (LSHP): COVID-19 instructions for safe domestic travel to the Lapland Hospital District area
issued on 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.
23 June Travelling Instructions from the website of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
6 July The Government decree and model for preventing future spreading of coronavirus infections from people arriving in Finland from abroad starting on 12 July.
Link to the bulletin issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) 6 July 2021: Health safety at the borders:The duties of inbound people arriving in Finland have been decided
Bulletins issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior:
17 June Changes to travel recommendations: exercise particular caution when travelling to the EU and Schengen area
17 June Entry to Finland will be facilitated from EU and Schengen countries as of 21 June
29 June Entry into Finland will be facilitated from some countries starting from 1 July
8 July Internal border control will continue until 25 July – including changes to external border control
12 July Travelling Instructions on the website of the Finnish Border Guard: Guidelines for border crossing during the coronavirus pandemic starting from 12 July 2021
Fitness, sports, and other group activities
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 issued on 21 May
Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District: Sports, fitness, and team activities can be organised, but we still have to remember the coronavirus safety instructions: maintain safe distancing and use a face mask in all situations, except for in actual sports activities themselves.
Remote working, remote meetings, and training sessions
Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District: There are no longer any epidemiological grounds for a recommendation for people to continue remote working in the Lapland Medical District.
Education and early childhood education
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 issued on 30 April Coronavirus Coordination Group of the Lapland Hospital District: In secondary schools, the recommendations for pupils to wear a face mask has now been lifted and for upper secondary schools, the local municipal communicable disease authorities shall decide when to lift the restrictions. Instead, the Coronavirus Coordination Group continues to recommend the use of face masks for school and early childhood education staff in the hospital district, if safe distancing rules cannot be maintained.
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 (in Finnish), last update on 26 April 2021
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.
Children under school age should be taken to for a coronavirus test if they have symptoms of coronavirus infection as assessed by a guardian or health care professional. A child under school age should be tested in particular if the child or family member of the child has travelled abroad or within the country of origin in areas that are experiencing the acceleration or community transmission phases of the coronavirus during the past 14 days.
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
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 14 July 2021
Lapland Hospital District / Infection Control Unit