New restrictive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are being introduced Monday in the capital city region.
Joint action by Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen is being taken as officials say the virus situation “has worsened at an alarming rate.”
“At the moment, infections spread especially within homes and through close social contacts, private parties and events, workplaces and leisure activities” the coronavirus coordination group says.
“Since only less than half of the infection sources can be currently traced, it is necessary to restrict social contacts more extensively, in addition to targeted measures.”
From Monday all organised leisure activities held indoors will be canceled. All leisure activities outdoors, for people aged over 20, are also canceled. These restrictions remain in place until 20th December.
In addition all public events inside or outside for more than 10 people are prohibited, until 18th December, and there’s a recommendation that close contacts be restricted to involve only people in the same household – with private meetings and family gatherings not recommended.
All museums, cultural centres and Korkeasaari Zoo are closed – with libraries offering only a limited service; while upper secondary schools and vocational schools will switch to distance learning until the end of the year.
The coordination group from Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen say they hope these restrictions will curb the epidemic in the region, but say “if this goal is not achieved, we are prepared to continue the restrictions.”