Government reinstates entry restrictions for three countries
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.
Slight increase in the number of new coronavirus infections
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.
Restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 to change as of 1 August
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
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.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin's press conference on the outcome of the European Council negotiations
Government updates policies on internal border control and travel restrictions
The Government agreed that as of 13 July, it would lift the restrictions on traffic at the internal borders between Finland and countries where the incidence of the coronavirus is similar to that in the countries where internal border control has already been lifted. Restrictions at the external borders to continue with certain exceptions.
In its meeting the Government also received a briefing on the epidemiological situation and heard a report on the safe entry of berry pickers.
Government updates policies on border issues, remote working and recommendations for persons over 70 years of age
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.
Government agrees to ease restrictions on gatherings, operations of food and beverage service businesses and visits to care institutions and hospitals
In its meeting on Wednesday 17 June, the Government heard an overview of all of the policies put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections and to protect vulnerable groups..
Government roadmap for the gradual dismantling of the restrictions on gatherings
Background on the Government’s restriction policies (summary table prepared before meeting) 17 June 2020
Memorandum: Visits to healthcare and social welfare units during the coronavirus epidemic
Proposal: Visits to healthcare and social welfare units during the coronavirus epidemic
Epidemiological progress report 17 June 2020
The use of powers under the Emergency Powers Act will cease and the state of emergency will be lifted on Tuesday 16 June.
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.
Government decisions on restrictions on local tourism, travel across external borders and audience sizes at outdoor events
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.
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.
Press briefing on amendments to Basic Education Act, Vocational Education Act and Higher Education Act
The Government is due to submit a temporary legislative amendment to the Basic Education Act to Parliament at its plenary session on Thursday 4 June. According to the proposal, exceptional educational arrangements could be introduced at the local level in basic education, if it is deemed necessary in autumn 2020 due to the coronavirus situation (COVID-19).
Minister of Education Li Andersson and Minister of Science and Culture Hanna Kosonen will be presenting the amendments at a press briefing shortly after the plenary session.
Crisis follow-up group: Finland’s way out of the COVID-19 crisis requires long-term planning and agility
The crisis follow-up group chaired by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance Martti Hetemäki submitted the second part of its report to the Government on Monday 1 June. After the submitting a pressconfrence were held.
Report on the use of face coverings to prevent coronavirus infections: large variation in country-specific policies and only little research data available
In accordance with the relevant government resolution, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has drawn up a report on the use of face coverings to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) infections. The report has now been published and submitted to the Government.
Permanent Secretary Kirsi Varhila and Director Pasi Pohjola from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Professor Emerita Marjukka Mäkelä were present at the release event.
Briefing on the COVID-19 situation on 28 May
On Thursday 28 May, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare held a briefing on the disease situation, the carrying capacity of healthcare and social welfare services and the current epidemiological assessment of the COVID-19 situation.
Permanent Secretary Kirsi Varhila and Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Mika Salminen, Director of the Department of Health Security at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare were present at the event.
Press conference on 27 May
Production of personal protective equipment launched in Finland as planned
On 27 May the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment held a briefing on the start of domestic production of personal protective equipment, the current personal protective equipment situation and the measures taken by the National Emergency Supply Agency to ensure a sufficient supply of protective equipment.
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä, Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen and interim CEO of the National Emergency Supply Agency Janne Känkänen were present at the event. Chairman of the Board of Directors Vesa Mäkipää also attended as a representative of Lifa Air Ltd, one of the companies that has begun/will begin production. The briefing was hosted by Director of Communications Mikko Koivumaa.
Under-Secretary of State Petri Peltonen and Senior Specialist Jyrki Alkio from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment were present as experts.
Government briefing on COVID-19 for people over 70
The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has updated its guidelines on how older people can protect themselves against the coronavirus disease. The Government's briefing was focusing on the wellbeing of older people, especially those over 70 years of age, and on the new guidelines.
These topics were discussed by Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru, Director Päivi Topo from the Age Institute, Executive Director Sari Aalto-Matturi from MIELI Mental Health Finland and Communication and Marketing Manager Panu Könönen from Suomen Latu, the Outdoor Association of Finland.
Also present was Head of Research Minna-Liisa Luoma from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
The event was hosted by former news presenter Pirjo Nuotio.
Press conference on 19 May
Temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act would allow restaurants, cafes and bars to be opened as of 1 June while restricting their operations
On 19 May, the Government submitted to Parliament a proposal for an act on temporarily amending the Communicable Diseases Act. The proposed act would be in force between 1 June 2020 and 31 October 2020. With the emergency conditions continuing, the act would lay down provisions on necessary restrictions concerning food and beverage service businesses that would allow them to be open to customers while also preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru and Senior Ministerial Adviser Ismo Tuominen from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health were present at the press conference.
Briefing by Prime Minister Marin on the Government’s hybrid strategy
Prime Minister Sanna Marin held a briefing on the Government’s hybrid strategy and on the epidemiological assessment of the coronavirus outbreak.
The briefing was attended by Strategic Director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Chief Physician Taneli Puumalainen from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. They provided information on the indicators and forecasts used in the assessment of the coronavirus outbreak.
Press conference on 14 May
Government to introduce a new form of support to businesses to cover costs
In negotiations held on 13 May 2020, the Government decided to introduce a new form of support to businesses in all industries to cover their costs. The support is intended for companies that have experienced a marked decrease in turnover due to the coronavirus epidemic, and have costs that are difficult to adjust. Support is allocated to companies and sectors most severely affected by the coronavirus.
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä were present at the press conference.