Finland regions

Restaurants in Finland are open again until midnight

RESTRICTIONS on bars and restaurants were eased significantly across Finland on Monday.

All bars and restaurants are now allowed to serve alcohol until 11 p.m. and remain open until midnight, but they will have to continue to limit the number of customers to 50 or 75% of the usual full capacity, depending on whether ‘they mainly engage in sales. alcohol or food.

Restaurants selling mainly alcohol had until yesterday to close at 6 p.m. and those selling mainly food at 9 p.m.

On Friday, the Finnish government decided to ease the restrictions. The restrictions, he said, must remain in place until the end of the month, with a view to lifting them entirely on March 1.

Additionally, restrictions on public gatherings were changed yesterday in large parts of the country, including Uusimaa.

The Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) for Southern Finland on Monday lifted all restrictions on gatherings in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS). Although operators of facilities such as cinemas and event venues are no longer bound by attendance or participation restrictions, they are required to put in place measures that limit the risk of transmission resulting from contact between people.

“We are very happy that we were able to completely remove restrictions on gatherings. Hopefully this lifting of restrictions will be the last in the coronavirus era,” Oona Molsaan AVI senior inspector for southern Finland, told YLE.

“Event organizers should always ensure that the risk of transmission caused by close contact can be avoided,” she added.

AVI for Southern Finland has also eased restrictions in Kymenlaakso, Päijät-Häme and South Karelia, but not yet in Kanta-Häme.

AVI for Southwest Finland announced on Monday that it was lifting all restrictions on public gatherings in Satakunta and Southwest Finland on Tuesday.

“In indoor and outdoor spaces open to the public or a restricted group of participants, activities must continue to be organized in such a way that the risk of transmission resulting from close contact is as low as possible. This obligation can be met, for example, by limiting the number or movements of participants in the space, by providing more spacious seats, by requiring participants to wear a mask or by increasing ventilation,” he said. said in a statement.

AVI for Western and Central Finland has indicated that it is open to reviewing its restrictions on public gatherings at short notice, if necessary. AVI for Eastern Finland, meanwhile, is expected to sit down to discuss the restrictions in the coming days.

AVI for Lapland and AVI for Northern Finland have already eased restrictions on gatherings.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT