Government's Coronavirus press conferences

Press conference 30.3.
Government extends measures related to emergency conditions until 13 May

30.3.2020 16.23

The Government decided to extend until 13 May 2020 the duration of the previously imposed restrictions to slow down the spread of coronavirus infections and to protect those at risk. 

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson were present at the press conference. 

Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live 
Press conference photos | Flickr


Briefing on the coronavirus situation on 27 March
Briefing on the security of supply

27.3.2020 11.05

The Government held a briefing on the coronavirus situation on Friday 27 March. At the beginning of the event, Director of Government Security Ahti Kurvinen reported on the measures taken at the airport to prevent the spread of the virus. The briefing addressed matters related to security of supply, such as ensuring the smooth functioning of the food and transport systems and the sufficiency of emergency stockpiles.

Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Leppä and Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka were present at the event.

Presentation materials 
Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live 
Press conference photos | Flickr


Media briefing 26.3.
Situation of Finnish nationals abroad and details of their return to Finland

26.3.2020 9.30

The Government held a media briefing on the COVID-19 situation on Thursday 26 March. The briefing provided information on the situation of Finnish nationals who are currently abroad and on their return to Finland. Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto attended the briefing. 

Recording of the media briefing 
Photos | Flickr

 


Press conference 25.3.
Further measures: Movement restrictions to Uusimaa

25.3.2020 22.10

On 25 March, the Government decided to restrict traffic between the Region of Uusimaa and other regions as of 27 March. The restrictions will be in force until 19 April 2020. On 25 March, the Government submitted to Parliament a decree concerning the use of powers under the Emergency Powers Act relating to the restrictions on movement.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru, Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo, Minister of Transport and Communications Timo Harakka ja Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen held a press conference.

Photos | Flickr  
Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live


Restaurants closed to customers, ordering takeaway permitted

24.3.2020 20.06

Finland is currently in a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and in order to prevent the spread of the virus, restaurants, cafés and licensed premises will be closed to customers as soon as possible. On 24 March 2020, the Government submitted a government proposal on the matter to Parliament. These restrictions will remain in force until 31 May 2020.

Recording of the press conference | Periscope 
Government proposal to Parliament for an Act on the temporary amendment of the Act on Accommodation and Catering Operations (in Finnish) 
Questions and answers regarding business financing 
Questions and answers regarding the coronavirus and working life (in Finnish, coming soon in English too)


Government briefing 23.3.
Government briefing on the situation in municipalities

23.3.2020 14.03

At the Government briefing, Minister of Local Government Sirpa Paatero discussed the effects of the coronavirus situation on the municipal sector. The Ministry of Finance is actively monitoring the situation, and developments in the economic impact on municipalities are being assessed in cooperation with the municipalities. 

Minister of Education Li Andersson also attended the briefing and answered questions concerning early childhood education and care and the arrangement of education for grades 1–3. Permanent Secretary Pekka Timonen from the Ministry of Justice answered questions on the possibility of introducing restrictions on movement.

Rocording of the government briefing
Government briefing photos
Presentation material (in Finnish) 


Press conference 20.3.
Government proposes extensive economic measures to minimise the impact of the coronavirus epidemic

20.3.2020 12.00

The Government has agreed on a comprehensive package to safeguard jobs and livelihoods and ease the economic pressure on businesses. According to the Government’s estimate, the overall scale of the measures will be approximately EUR 15 billion. 

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson were present. 

Government submits supplementary budget proposal to Parliament due to the coronavirus 
Additional funding to the police, the Border Guard and rescue services for expenditure arising from the coronavirus outbreak 
Government plans to support Finnair with EUR 600 million State guarantee 
Photos | Flickr 
Material from the press conference PDF 217kB 
Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live 


Press conference 19.3.
Advice for the over-70s on protecting themselves from the coronavirus

19.3.2020 10.30

The Government's objective is to protect people over 70 years of age from risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19). Older people are clearly at a higher risk than young people of getting serious symptoms requiring hospital care. 

On Thursday 19 March, Prime Minister Marin, Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pekonen and Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Kiuru held a press conference to discuss the current coronavirus situation and answer questions related to the clinical picture of the disease.

Presentation material
Press conference photos | Flickr
Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live


Government briefing on the coronavirus situation 18.3.
Temporary restrictions on early childhood education and care and the obligation to arrange education and training

18.3.2020 17.05

The Government press conference on 18 March discussed the effects of the Emergency Powers Act on early childhood education and care, education, culture and physical activity. At the beginning of the press conference, Prime Minister Marin also briefly addressed the situation in the EU.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Education Li Andersson and Minister of Science and Culture Hanna Kosonen were present at the briefing.

Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live
Press conference photos | Flickr


Press conference 17.3.
Decrees concerning the use of powers under the Emergency Powers Act to Parliament

17.3.2020 16.40

Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, has declared a state of emergency in Finland over the coronavirus outbreak. On 16 March 2020, the Government decided on measures to slow down the spreading of coronavirus and to protect risk groups. The decisions will remain in force until 13 April 2020. The measures decided by the Government will be enforced in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act, Communicable Diseases Act and other relevant legislation.

On 17 March, the Government submitted two decrees concerning the use of powers under the Emergency Powers Act to Parliament. The decrees specify the provisions of the Emergency Powers Act that will now become applicable.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson were present. 

Employees in sectors critical to the functioning of society 
Municipalities have the right to deviate from time limits for non-urgent healthcare and assessment of the need for social welfare services due to the coronavirus out-break 
Finland will restrict cross-border traffic - retired border guards and police officers may be called back to work 
Employers permitted to temporarily derogate from working hours and annual holidays arrangements in critical functions of society 
Recording of the press conference | vn.fi/live 
Press conference photos | Flickr