Government press conferences





Government adopts resolution on implementing the hybrid strategy for border traffic and travel

10.9.2020 22.05

In its session on 11 September, the Government adopted a resolution on a new operating model for implementing the hybrid strategy to manage COVID-19 in border traffic and travel. The operating model will make it possible to ease restrictions on entry while also combating the pandemic at the borders.

The Government will now categorise countries and regions with more than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous 14 days as areas with a higher incidence. 

The press briefing was attended by Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka and Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä. Permanent Secretary Kirsi Pimiä, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Director Mika Salminen, Tuomas Laosmaa from the Border Guard and Strategy Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were also present.

Recording of the press conference
Restrictions on entry into the country to be amended due to COVID-19 | press release on 11 September


Government discussed action plan to manage COVID-19

3.9.2020 16.13

In its meeting today on 3 September, the Government discussed an action plan that will serve as a guideline for implementing the recommendations and restrictions set out in the hybrid strategy after the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic. Following the meeting, the government plenary session issued a resolution authorising the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health to adopt the action plan.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Presentation materials
COVID-19 situation as of 3 September 2020 (in Finnish)
Government resolution adopting an action plan for implementing recommendations and restrictive measures under the hybrid strategy following the first phase of the COVID-19 epidemic (available in Finnish and Swedish)
Press conference photos | Flickr


Koronavilkku has now been published

31.8.2020 9.32

The Koronavilkku smartphone app has now been published to help break infection chains. You can now download Koronavilkku to your phone free of charge from the most popular app stores. 

The app will allow people to participate in preventing the spread of the virus and to protect their own and their loved ones' health. Through the app, people exposed to the virus can be reached and infection chains can be stopped faster.

koronavilkku.fi



Government tightens travel restrictions at internal and external borders

19.8.2020 11.03

In its negotiations on 18 August, the Government decided on border traffic restrictions. Restrictions on internal and external border traffic will be reinstated based on an epidemiological assessment.

Internal border control will be reinstated for traffic between Finland and Iceland, Greece, Malta, Germany, Norway and Denmark. 

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


Government reinstates entry restrictions for three countries

6.8.2020 13.27

In its meeting on 6 August, the Finnish Government decided to reinstate internal border control for traffic between Finland and the Netherlands and between Finland and Belgium. Restrictions on external border traffic will be reinstated for traffic from Andorra to Finland.

Restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic


Slight increase in the number of new coronavirus infections

6.8.2020 10.00

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare held a briefing on the disease situation and the current epidemiological assessment of the coronavirus outbreak in Finland and internationally. The number of COVID-19 infections has increased to some extent. At the national level, the number of new coronavirus infections is still small, even though there has been a slight increase in reported cases in July. 

The briefing was attended by Permanent Secretary Kirsi Varhila and Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and by Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
 

Presentation materials
Recording of the press conference | YouTube


Restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 to change as of 1 August

31.7.2020 13.55

The restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus will be lifted as planned on 1 August 2020. The Government and the authorities are closely monitoring the situation and will make new decisions as needed.

Regional State Administrative Agency press release on the restrictions on gatherings (in Finnish)
Remote work recommendation moving towards the normalisation of the situation (in Finnish)
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health press release on the COVID-19 situation


The number of new coronavirus infections in Finland almost unchanged

30.7.2020 16.05

The coronavirus epidemic situation in Finland remains stable. During the last period (20–26 July 2020), a total of 51 new cases were reported to the communicable diseases register. The weekly number of cases has risen slightly and is now at the same level as at the end of June.

Monitoring coronavirus (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare), in Finnish


Prime Minister Sanna Marin's press conference on the outcome of the European Council negotiations

22.7.2020 14.13

Prime Minister Sanna Marin held a press conference today at 16.00 at her official residence Kesäranta on the outcome of the European Council negotiations.

Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr



Government updates policies on border issues, remote working and recommendations for persons over 70 years of age

23.6.2020 17.35

In its meeting on Tuesday 23 June, the Government also received a report on the measures to be taken based on the assessment of the crisis follow-up group headed by Permanent Secretary Martti Hetemäki.

In addition, the Government received a briefing on the current epidemiological situation.

Press conference photos | Flickr
Recording of the press conference | YouTube



The use of powers under the Emergency Powers Act will cease and the state of emergency will be lifted on Tuesday 16 June.

15.6.2020 15.30

Based on the situational assessment received on Monday 15 June, the Government has determined that the COVID-19 epidemic can be managed using the regular powers of the authorities.

The Government made the announcement at its press briefing today. Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson were present at the event.

Presentation materials
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr

 


Government decisions on restrictions on local tourism, travel across external borders and audience sizes at outdoor events

11.6.2020 11.23

On 11 June, the Government outlined its proposal that border control will continue partially at internal borders and external border traffic will continue to be restricted until 14 July 2020. The restrictions will continue to the extent that they are considered mandatory due to a serious threat posed by the epidemiological situation. 

The Government has made further specifications to its policy on organising major outdoor events as of 1 July. The number of attendees at public events in enclosed outdoor spaces is still restricted to 500 until 31 July 2020. However, the permitted number of attendees may be exceeded in certain cases.

Press release: Restrictions on local tourism will be partially dismantled, restrictions at external borders remain unchanged
Press release: Government makes specifications to policy on audience sizes at outdoor events as of 1 July
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr

 


Briefing on the coronavirus situation 11.6.

10.6.2020 16.50

On 11 June, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare held a briefing on vaccines, the disease situation and the current epidemiological assessment of the coronavirus outbreak.

Director General Päivi Sillanaukee from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health the Chief Specialist Jussi Sane from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare were present at the event.

Recording of the press conference | YoutTube
Press conference photos | Flickr