The hybrid strategy and lifting the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19

In its meeting on 18 January 2022, the Government decided to begin updating its hybrid COVID-19 strategy and test-and-trace strategy. If the development of the epidemic allows, the gradual lifting of restrictions and the reintroduction of the COVID-19 passport could begin after mid-February. The updated COVID-19 strategy will outline how and when the restrictions will be lifted. The Government will decide on the matter at a later date.

Current hybrid strategy

The most recent hybrid strategy and action plan for managing COVID-19 were adopted on 15 November 2021. The strategy outlines the guiding principles for managing the epidemic.

Restrictions still needed

The basic principle of the hybrid strategy is to avoid restricting the activities of society. However, the significant deterioration in the development of the epidemic means that restrictions are still necessary. Effective restrictions and recommendations that reduce the number of contacts between people can help to alleviate the burden on hospitals and ensure that there is time to administer third doses of the vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine protects against the most severe form of the disease. Given the current situation, it is essential to increase vaccination coverage and strengthen vaccine protection.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is monitoring the progress of vaccinations and the epidemiological situation at the national level.

Revised strategy focuses on regional measures 

In line with the revised strategy, the primary means to combat the epidemic are targeted local and regional measures based on the Communicable Diseases Act. Regional authorities, such as regional state administrative agencies and municipalities, are advised to monitor the development of the epidemic.

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has drawn up a list of the epidemiological characteristics of community transmission areas:

Restrictions tightened due to worsened COVID-19 situation

General principles for imposing restrictions due to COVID-19:

Government plan for lifting the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 from April to August 2021

In April 2021, the Government released its plan to lift the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The aim was to create a vision for citizens, businesses and communities as to how society could gradually open up as vaccinations progress and the epidemic subsides.

Government plan for lifting the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 from April to August 2021