Finnish Lapland welcomes travelers to visit the arctic wonderland in a safe way. This site gives information on the travelling precautions, restrictions and current situation regarding coronavirus in Finnish Lapland and Finland. All travel providers in Lapland are working together to make travelling and working in travel business safe. Corona safety is responsibility of us all, lets keep the traveling safe now and in the future.
Finland and Lapland has been able to keep corona ratings on a low level. That is due to our active precaution operations on governmental, health authority and travel operator -level. Corona testing capacity and capability to tracking down infection chains are on a high level. With strong co-operation between health authorities the travel operators has implement risk assessment and management procedures to cover whole travel journey.
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Coronavirus situation in Lapland now
Lapland Hospital District’s coronavirus review
There has been a moderate increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the town of Rovaniemi, but elsewhere in Lapland the situation remains calm. A total of 18 new cases were reported in the Lapland Hospital District during 19–25 October (week no. 43), with another seven cases already this week. The incidence of the epidemic is 23 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period.
New cases are now being recorded daily in the town of Rovaniemi. It has been impossible to identify the source of the infection for the majority of cases that were reported over the past five days. Consequently, if we fail to adhere to the coronavirus safety recommendations, there is a risk that the number of cases will start to rise. It is extremely important to remember that, even with the slightest of coronavirus symptoms, you must not go to school, do not engage in hobbies, take part in public gatherings or meet friends. Instead, please take a coronavirus test and stay at home until you have received the results of the test.
In addition, everyone in the Lapland Hospital District area must continue to adhere to all safety recommendations and instructions that have been issued: make sure you take good care of hand and coughing hygiene, and remember to maintain a safe distance. It is recommended for face masks to be used in all public places and on public transport, if sufficient social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
Infection Control Unit
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Länsi-Pohja Hospital District’s coronavirus review
A total of five new coronavirus cases were reported in the Länsi-Pohja Hospital District area during 19–25 October (week no. 43), and there have been a few days with no new cases at all. Altogether, 767 coronavirus samples were taken during that week.
Fortunately, the use of face masks has become commonplace, which can be one of the reasons why the number of cases has fallen. In relation to the epidemic, the hospital district remains firmly at the basic level.
Those belonging to the risk groups are advised to seek an influenza vaccination.
Infection Control Unit
1. Take the coronavirus test
If you fall ill, even if you have mild symptoms, go for a coronavirus test and stay isolated until you receive the results of the test. There is a very low threshold for tests – make an appointment for your coronavirus test with your local health centre. Find the contact details for your locality from the section “Ask for advice or book an appointment for a coronavirus test.“
2. Maintain a safe distance at all times
Adhere to social distancing rules in shops and public gatherings outdoors and indoors. Try to avoid all public gatherings.
3. Use a face mask
Face masks are recommended in the following situations:
- When using public transport
- When leaving home for a coronavirus test.
- Passengers arriving in Finland from a risk area making their way from the place of arrival to quarantine or who they have an urgent reason to spend time outside the home during quarantine.
- In all other situations, with indoor gatherings where close contacts cannot always be avoided.
- If you belong to one of the risk groups, in addition to other precautions, use a face mask in shops, public indoor areas, public transport and other similar situations to make sure you are protected. The use of a surgical nose and mouth face mask is recommended.
The use of a face mask shows consideration for others and should be practiced. When the infection situation changes in Lapland, we will provide more recommendations, if necessary.
4. Cough in the correct way
Cough or sneeze into a disposable handkerchief or your own sleeve.
5. Take care of hand hygiene
Make sure you wash or disinfect your hands many times a day. A pocket-sized bottle of disinfectant is easy to carry with you!
6. Monitor the situation
Monitor coronavirus announcements, i.e. the so-called “coronavirus weather report”. The coronavirus situation is not yet over, so please monitor how the situation develops, follow the guidelines and act responsibly.
Don’t leave anyone alone, let’s take care of each other and enjoy life.