Restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic
It is still important to comply with the restrictions and recommendations in place in order to curb the epidemic. Remember to also follow the hygiene guidelines issued by the authorities.
The COVID-19 vaccine protects against the most severe form of the disease. As more and more people are vaccinated, more restrictions can be lifted and society can be reopened. Some of the restrictions and recommendations have already been lifted.
The authorities regularly reassess the need for restrictions. Further spread of the COVID-19 epidemic is being prevented primarily through local and regional measures. The regional guidelines, restrictions and recommendations in place depend on the epidemiological situation in the region in question. The competent authorities in each region will decide on the recommendations and restrictions in force in line with the Communicable Diseases Act.
You can find out about the situation in your area on the website of your hospital district or municipality.
COVID-19 passport as an alternative to restrictions
The COVID-19 passport can be used as an alternative to restrictions. Operators affected by the restrictions, such as restaurants or event organisers, can require their customers to present a COVID-19 passport when restrictions on the event or space in question are in force. Such restrictions can include restrictions on opening hours or on the number of participants at events.
The COVID-19 passport will not, however, serve as an alternative to restrictions in situations where the authorities have closed the premises or prohibited the public event altogether owing to the COVID-19 situation.
- COVID-19 passport | Kela Kanta service
- The COVID-19 passport | Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 passport (available in Finnish and in Swedish) | Regional State Administrative Agency
- Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 certificate reader | Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare