Current coronavirus recommendations and restrictions in place for the Lapland Hospital District
Updated on 25 January 2021.
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 1 to 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 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.
Events with participants exceeding 50 persons are banned in the Lapland Hospital District 7–31 January 2021 & 1–28 February 2021
In order to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 infections, the Lapland Regional State Administrative Agency is extending their ban of all indoor and outdoor public gatherings and events in the municipalities of the Lapland Hospital District that have over 50 people in attendance through to the end of January.
No more than 50 people can can attend indoor and locally demarcated outdoor public events and public gatherings, providing that safety can be guaranteed at these occasions. Events/sessions cannot be attended if you feel ill. Social distancing of 1–2 metres must be maintained, face masks should be used, all queues and congestion must be avoided, and the organiser must instruct participants about safe distancing and good hand hygiene.
Link to instructions issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Lapland (AVI): Decision based on Section 58 of the Communicable Diseases Act issued for the municipalities located within the Lapland Hospital District on 29/12/2020
Link to 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).
Restaurants and bars
Restrictions imposed by the Government on restaurants and bars for the period 12 December 2020 – 28 February 2021.
The restrictions are used to prepare for the risks posed by the tourist season in Lapland. Tens of thousands of tourists from other parts of the country arrive in Lapland for Christmas and New year from other parts of the country, especially from the areas currently experiencing the acceleration and spreading phases.
Sales of alcoholic beverages in all restaurants and bars in Lapland is permitted between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Restaurants and bars whose focus is on sales of alcoholic beverages can stay open from midnight through to 11 p.m. with a maximum of half the usually permitted number of customers. Other restaurants can be open from 1 a.m. through to midnight with no more than 75% of the maximum permitted number of customers. At other times, the sales of alcoholic beverages containing more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol shall be prohibited. These restrictions for Lapland are the same as those applied to areas currently experiencing the acceleration phase.
2 October Health safety guidelines for the hospitality industry issued by the Lapland and Länsi-Pohja Hospital Districts: It is recommended for all restaurant and bar employees and customers to use face masks and download the Koronavilkku app, customers must stay within a specific area or their own group, and contact information for infection tracing purposes must be collected by the restaurant/bar.
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.
Please read the instructions issued 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 spreading phase
The Government of Finland recommends avoiding all unnecessary travel, except to those countries that are not subject to entry restrictions. The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is responsible for providing and giving guidance for health safety instructions for passengers arriving in Finland.
Travel within Finland is allowed when you comply with health and safety regulations related to the coronavirus. When travelling, you must be made aware of the basic instructions for protection against the coronavirus: good hand and coughing hygiene, adequate safe distancing, and the use of a face mask. All travel should be avoided when you feel ill
From the website of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL): Travel and the coronavirus pandemic
from the Finnish Border Guard website: Guidance for passengers entering Finland, issued by the Finnish Border Guard
Sports and fitness pastimes:
It is not recommended to arrange any sports events that cross the Hospital District boundary from 25 January 2021 – 21 February 2021.
The Infection Control Unit of the Lapland Hospital District recommends that no sports and fitness events crossing the Hospital District boundary be organised during the period 21 December 2020 – 24 January 2021. 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.
Education and early childhood education
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.
Complete instructions issued by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM) (in Finnish): Recommendation by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Ministry of Education and Culture for the organisers of education and early childhood education during the period of the coronavirus outbreak, issued on 4 August 2020
Lapland Hospital District instructions: Children’s health and attending school during the coronavirus pandemic – a list of risk groups of children made by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and university hospitals during the coronavirus epidemic, issued on 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.
Lapland Hospital District / Infection Control Unit