Starting 4th October the COVID-19 epidemic in our region is in the spreading phase. Recommendations and restrictions will be changed according status of the epidemic.
Public premises open to the public and customer premises
Sections 58 c and e of the Communicable Diseases Act obligate the actors and operators of open public premises and public spaces.
All customer facilities need to
- Have the possibility to sanitize hands either by washing them or using hand sanitizer.
- To have sufficient instructions on hygiene.
- To place the potential customer spaces long enough from each other’s and to arrange the stay as loosely as possible.
- Intensify the cleaning of the premises and surfaces from the normal level.
It is recommended for unvaccinated adults in Päijät-Sote area to avoid indoor facilities where there are a lot of people close to each other’s. In case a person still participates in these events, it is recommended to avoid close contacts and wear a mask.
The requirements of section 58c of the Communicable Diseases Act must be complied with in premises open to the public.
Public events and common meetings
Public events do not have a limit for the maximum number of people allowed.
Health safety and an effective chance to avoid close contacts in indoor premises still need to be guaranteed. By complying the rule given by The Ministry of Education and Culture in 31 May 2021 as well as the requirements of section 58 c of the Communicable Diseases Act. Here by close contact means physical contact.
Private events do not have a limit for the maximum number of people allowed. In private parties it is worth to consider THL’s instructions on arranging parties safely THL’s instructions on arranging parties safely.
Face mask recommendation
The common recommendation of face masks given by The Finnish institute for health and welfare THL has been lifted. Everyone can, according to his or her own judgement, still use a mask for example in such indoor spaces where avoiding near contacts is difficult. In case there are symptoms of respiratory infection or one is aware of being exposed to coronavirus, but it is necessary to move outside home, mask is recommended.
Restrictions on visits to social- and healthcare units
It is recommended that visits to hospitals will be conducted in a safe manner:
Visits in other social- and healthcare units are recommended to be done in a safe manner (instructions in Finnish).
Restrictions on the opening hours, licensing hours and customer capacity of restaurants (government decree)
Restrictions on the opening and alcohol serving hours as well as restrictions on the number of customers and customer seats in restaurants has lifted.
Recreational and group activities
Safety instructions and distances must still be followed in all physical activities’ facilities according to the Ministry of Education and Culture’s instructions (in Finnish).
Read more on THL’s travel instructions.
The COVID-19 Cooperation Group
The COVID-19 Cooperation Group appointed by the Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing convenes regularly. It includes representatives of the Joint Authority, the municipalities in the region, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland, the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre), and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The situation is monitored by the group on a daily basis, and new instructions are issued, as necessary.
Tuomo Nieminen, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Service, Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing
Ville Lehtinen, Chief Infectious Disease Physician, Physician Responsible for Infectious Diseases, Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing
- Pekka Timonen, Mayor, City of Lahti
- Osmo Pieski, Mayor, City of Orimattila
- Tiina Granqvist, Director of Education, City of Lahti
- Jukka Majuri, Physician Responsible for Infectious Diseases, Päijät-Häme Joint Authority for Health and Wellbeing
- Juha Saarenpää, Physician Responsible for Infectious Diseases, City of Heinola
- ELY Centre representative
- THL representative
- Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland representative