Government plan for lifting the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19

On Wednesday 21 April, the Government published a plan to lift the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, along with a target timetable. The goal is to give the public, businesses and communities a clear picture of how society could gradually reopen. 

Restrictions to be lifted based on the epidemiological situation 

The plan describes how the restrictions could be dismantled in a controlled manner.

The plan

  • lays out the principles and epidemiological preconditions for the lifting of restrictions and includes a target timetable detailing the stages at which the restrictions will be lifted
  • is based on research data, modelling, forecasts and monitoring 
  • is not binding on the decision-making of the Government or the authorities.

A key condition for the controlled lifting of the restrictions is that the epidemiological situation is stable throughout the country. It may be necessary to slow down the dismantling of restrictive measures if the number of infections grows too high or the number of vaccines is too low. Easily spreading virus variants may also worsen the epidemiological situation. It is possible that the restrictions will need to be continued, reinstated or tightened again in certain regions.

When certain restrictions are lifted, it is especially important to follow the ones that remain in force and to continue to behave safely.

Target schedule

The restrictions will be lifted in line with an indicative timetable. This will be possible if the epidemiological situation and vaccine coverage develop favourably. The Government will reassess the conditions for lifting the restrictions and update the set timetable every two weeks.

Updated on 26 April 2021

Children and young people first

In the Government’s view, it is important for the lifting of restrictions to begin with groups that have been most severely affected by the restrictions. 

Priorities for the lifting of restrictions:

  • Children and young people are the first priority. Priority will also be given to other groups that have been particularly affected by the crisis.
  • Restrictions on outdoor activities will be lifted first.
  • The EU vaccination certificate will be used for travel.
  • The health security measures at Finland’s borders will remain in effect for a long time, as this will help mitigate the risks posed by a new wave of the disease or new virus variants.

One week was allocated for consultation on the plan. A survey published in the service and related public consultations attracted more than 2,000 comments and opinions.

Results of the consultation process