New restrictions and recommendations to curb the coronavirus epidemic enter into force in cultural and leisure services

On 19.11.2020, the Metropolitan Area coronavirus coordination group outlined new recommendations and restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.The libraries, cultural centres, museums, youth centres and sports facilities stay open. The maximum number of participants at public events has been limited to 20 persons, and team and contact sports activities for adults will be cancelled for the period 23.11.-13.12.2020.

In its meeting, the coronavirus coordination group declared that the Metropolitan area has entered the community transmission phase.The decisions are made in reaction to the threat of the epidemic’s spreading. The temporary recommendations and restrictions will be extended according to need.

Museums stay open

The City Museum, Helsinki Art Museum, the Tram Museum, Villa Hakasalmi and their exhibitions will be open normally. The Children’s Christmas event at the City Museum on 28.11 is cancelled, and the possibility of arranging other events is being examined. The most up-to-date information on the museums’ operations can be found on the websites of the City Museum, Helsinki Art Museum, the Tram Museum and Villa Hakasalmi.  

Youth centres and libraries stay open

The open activities and small group activities at youth centres will be continued. Public events with more than 20 persons will not be arranged at youth facilities by the City or by any other operators. All guidelines concerning the coronavirus period will be adhered to in the operations.

Guidelines for the operation of organisations at the youth service facilities:
The permanent recreational activities for children and young people can be continued normally. Events and meetings with more than 20 persons must not be arranged. A face mask recommendation concerning the age group starting from upper comprehensive school pupils is in force at the youth service facilities, and the valid safety recommendations must be adhered to at the facilities. The organisations themselves are responsible for their own operations at the youth service facilities.
The libraries stay open, and all guidelines concerning the coronavirus period will be adhered to at them. According to the new restrictions, the maximum number of participants is limited to 20 persons also at indoor events at the libraries. The number of seats available in the study rooms will be reduced. The maximum number of participants at private events held at the libraries’ rentable facilities is limited to 10 persons, or even less if compliance with the safety instructions cannot be guaranteed for 10 persons at a given facility. More information can be found on the helmet.fi website.

Public events with more than 20 persons at cultural centres and of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra to be cancelled or postponed

Indoor public events with more than 20 persons at the cultural centres (Caisa, Annantalo, Kanneltalo, Malmitalo, Maunula house, Savoy Savoy Theatre, Stoa, Vuosaari House) and of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will be cancelled or postponed.

Recreational activities for adults and children at the cultural centres are continued following the safety instructions and without mixing the groups. Recreational activities for children and young people will also be continued normally at Annantalo.

The maximum number of participants at private events held at the cultural centres’ rentable facilities is limited to 10 persons, or even less if compliance with the safety instructions cannot be guaranteed for 10 persons at a given facility.

Restrictions to sports activities of people above 20 years of age

Team and contact sports activities for persons above 20 years are suspended at City-administered indoor facilities for three weeks starting 23 November 2020. Regarding adults, matches between recreational sports teams, competitions, and regional sports league activities will also be cancelled for the said period. Private operators are encouraged to comply with the same restrictions.

In addition, it is recommended to not mix recreational activity groups of adults until further notice. Activities are restricted to the own group or team also in other recreational activities of adults. Games or competitions will not be arranged. The activities of adults’ recreational team sport leagues are cancelled.

The cities will provide the associations with more detailed instructions and cancel the time slots reserved for adults’ recreational team and contact sports activities regarding the period    in question.
The restrictions do not concern the activities of national teams in individual or group sports, competitive activities of the top or second tier, or professional sports activity aiming at the international top level. The restriction does not concern activities in which the safe distances between the participants can actually be kept during the entire training session.

More detailed information on the restrictions related to sports can be found here (in Finnish)

City of Helsinki bulletin on the new restrictions issued by the coronavirus coordination group