Thursday, 27 January 2022

Finland extends bans on large public gatherings until July

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HELSINKI: Gatherings of more than 500 people will be banned until the end of July but other restrictions could be lifted soon, Finland’s prime minister Sanna Marin said.

Current emergency legislation forbidding groups of more than ten people in public is due to expire on May 13 and unless it is extended, the 500-person limit will then come into force, Marin told a press conference at the end of a day of cabinet discussions over when to lift the coronavirus containment measures.

“We have so far been successful in slowing the spread of the epidemic,” Marin said, adding that “Finland will gradually move away from restrictions towards enhanced control of the epidemic.”

Testing will be stepped up, Marin said, and a mobile app to trace chains of infection will be introduced.

Although educational establishments have begun to reopen in other Nordic countries such as Norway and Denmark, Finnish authorities will not make a decision on whether to allow children to return to school before next week.

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