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Government briefing on COVID-19 for people over 70

20.5.2020 13.00

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.

Elderly people should avoid exposure to coronavirus – attention should be paid to wellbeing and functional capacity | MSH
Recording of the press conference | YouTube
Press conference photos | Flickr


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

19.5.2020 14.00

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.

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