In a joint press conference on 24 November, the City of Helsinki and the hospital network HUS announced that the Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group will meet on 26 November to prepare a series of stricter recommendations and restrictions scheduled for release on the following day.
In line with government recommendations, the capital city area’s coronavirus coordination group will meet this week to draw up a new set of recommendations and restrictions to address the covid-19 pandemic, which was recently upgraded to the community transmission phase in the region. The new policies will be in addition to the series of recommendations and restrictions released on 23 November. The group will announce the new set of decisions and their associated timeframes on Friday, 27 November.
Among other things, the group will deliberate the possibility of additional recommendations and restrictions on the arrangement of public events, distance learning in area schools and the opening hours of public spaces. The Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group will be responsible for making the decisions.
The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), and the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland established the Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group on 10 September 2020. In line with a regional operating model devised by Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the group aims to strengthen the formation of a common situational assessment and to coordinate and prepare local and regional measures.