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Current recommendations in Helsinki

The restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 epidemic have been lifted. The epidemic situation may yet change, and we are making the necessary plans to prepare for it. This compilation presents the recommendations currently in effect in Helsinki.

In addition, various city divisions have issued special recommendations and communicated about them in the context of the relevant services.

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Recommendations for the use of face masks

Find more information on face mask use and other ways to prevent respiratory infections on the Finnish institute for health and welfare THL website: Hand washing and coughing

Recreational activities

No restrictions are in effect.

Remote work

It is recommended to employers that wide-scale remote work be gradually switched to a combination of remote and contact work as of 1 March 2022.

Visitation restrictions at social and health care units

This recommendation is in effect until further notice.

Relatives and friends can visit patients being treated at the Helsinki City Hospital. All visitors must follow infection control measures and adhere to the general instructions for protection and hygiene.

You can also visit wards that treat patients infected with the coronavirus. During the visit, you may be exposed to COVID-19. Therefore, all visitors must wear an FFP2 mask for the entire visit and maintain good hand hygiene. You can get an FFP2 mask from the hospital. The staff will provide you with instructions on the use of the mask.

If you come to visit, you must not have COVID-19 or respiratory symptoms. Visitors must wear a face mask or an FFP2 mask, ensure good hand hygiene and keep a safe distance from others. You can ask for more information about visits from the hospital where your relative/friend is being treated.

Visiting instructions at senior centres, sheltered houses and nursing homes

  • We recommend conducting visits primarily outdoors.
  • We recommend that indoor visits take place in your loved one's room or a separate room for visitors.
  • Only visit when you are in good health.
  • Wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitiser before your visit.
  • We recommend using a face mask or an FFP2 mask throughout the visit.
  • Maintain a sufficient physical distance from your loved one and other residents.

Service centres for pensioners and the unemployed

The Service Centres are open from 1 March 2022. The service numbers will respond as usual.

Guidance and advice on the city’s services for older people is available from Seniori-info. The Senior services website can be found at It is also possible to contact Seniori-info by phone Mon-Fri 9–15 at tel. +358 9 310 44556.

Day and group activities for the elderly

The day and group activities are open from 1 March 2022. For those needing the most support we try to find alternative ways of communication.

Regulations regarding customer premises

No restrictions are in effect.

Public premises

Health safety is ensured in all customer service premises of the City of Helsinki by means of premises-specific arrangements.

Restrictions on restaurant opening hours, serving times and customer capacity

No restrictions are in effect.

Public events

Restrictions on public events in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area were lifted on Monday 14 February 2022.

Private events

No restrictions are in effect.

Organisation of teaching

Comprehensive schools, upper secondary schools and vocational education and training institutions have all returned to face-to-face classroom instruction. All schools and learning institutions encourage good hand hygiene and cough etiquette and hands are washed often throughout the day. Students with symptoms that could indicate an acute viral infection are asked to stay home until the symptoms have passed. Face masks are available for free at the schools to students who wish to use them.

Safety in education

No restrictions are in effect.

THL: Children and coronavirus

More on the topic:

Coronavirus updates from Helsinki

HUS: Regional situation in the coronavirus epidemic and issued recommendations

Restrictions during the coronavirus epidemic

03.02.2023 14:53