Daily: Gov't not planning to extend Uusimaa border closure

The closure of the border is due to end on 19 April.

Police conducting checks along the Uusimaa border in Lapinjärvi on Good Friday. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

Prime Minister Sanna Marin has said that the government is not planning to prolong the closure of the Uusimaa border beyond 19 April, according to tabloid daily Ilta-Sanomat.

Marin told the paper that the government would have to table a proposal in Parliament after Easter if it wanted to extend the measure.

According to IS, Marin said that the main prerequisite to restricting movement in and out of the region is that it would have to be essential. However if novel coronavirus infections in Uusimaa and the rest of the country level out, then that requirement would not be met, she noted.

The isolation of the southern Finland region is therefore likely to end next Sunday. However there does not appear to be plans to dismantle other restrictions imposed to slow the spread of contagion.

"The time has not yet come when we can roll back the restrictions. At the same time that we are handling the crisis, we are [also] working to get out of it and to rebuild society," Marin told the paper.