Finland is set to ease Covid restrictions on gatherings and events following criticism of rules governing sports and cultural events.
In regions currently in the community transmission phase, it will be possible to organise outdoor events for up to 50 people using safety precautions and social distancing arrangements. For indoor events the number of participants will still be limited to ten, but the possibility of easing these restrictions will be reevaluated in early June.
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru (SDP), Ministry of Social Affairs and Health director Pasi Pohjola and chief physician Taneli Puumalainen outlined the updated hybrid strategy designed to bring Finland out of the pandemic at a press conference Wednesday night.
Regions currently in the acceleration phase and baseline phase are released from restrictions limiting social gatherings.
In regions currently in the acceleration phase, the emphasis will be on avoiding close contact, with recommendations being given to event organisers. Activity interruptions and long-distance learning are discontinued in the area.
In areas in the 'base level' phase of the epidemic, all restrictions are removed, but basic hygiene and sufficient distances will be emphasised and sufficient social distancing is encouraged.
Incidence rates will only be calculated for a period of 14 days and will take into account of the progress of vaccinations and the efficiency of contact tracing.
Government policy has been criticised by the sports and events sector, as restrictions have stayed in place for events while pubs and restaurants were allowed to open up.