Helsinki cancels municipal courses, clubs and public events

The City of Helsinki has decided to cancel indoor and outdoor public events arranged by the city in which over 100 people are expected to attend. Some of the events will be postponed until a later date. Municipal leadership also recommends that smaller events be cancelled, if the target audience includes risk groups.

In accordance with the government recommendations, city-administered cultural and free-time activities will be cancelled as of 18 March.

The network of swimming halls operated by the city and Urheiluhallit Oy will be closed down as of 14 March.

Cleaning with disinfectants will be stepped up at all municipal facilities and handwashing will be encouraged. The city is also looking into ways to make certain courses and clubs available electronically. Helsinki encourages its residents to use this time to enjoy the outdoors and self-directed exercise.

Upcoming performances by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will be cancelled, along with events at Tiivistämö, the city’s cultural centres, and the Bravo! Performing Arts Festival. New dates for these events will be arranged where possible. Upcoming concerts at the Savoy theatre will also be postponed.

Adult education courses also cancelled

Courses, lectures and events planned for the spring term at Helsinki’s Finnish Adult Education Centre and the equivalent Swedish-language Arbis Institute will also be cancelled until further notice. Course participants will informed of any special arrangements, such as remote teaching. The institutes will also notify their customers about the impact of the cancellations on course fees.