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.

Guidelines for the controlled dismantling of restrictions and recommendations put in place due to the COVID-19 epidemic : Government memorandum 20 April 2021

The plan

  • laid out the principles and epidemiological preconditions for lifting the restrictions and provided a target timetable detailing the stages at which the restrictions could be lifted,
  • was based on research data, modelling, forecasts and monitoring, and
  • was not binding on the decision-making of the Government or the authorities.

The plan stated that a key condition for the controlled lifting of the restrictions was a stable epidemiological situation throughout the country.

The plan included a target timetable indicating when the restrictions could be lifted. The timeline spanned until the end of August.

All interested parties were invited to comment on the plan during a week-long consultation period in spring 2021. The consultation, arranged through public events and a survey published in the otakantaa.fi service, resulted in more than 2,000 comments and opinions.

Results of the consultation process