Children playing ice hockey in a artificial ice rink after dark.

Nine artificial ice rinks and fields open during Christmas holidays, libraries continue to have limited service

In its meeting on 10. December, the coronavirus coordination group decided to extend the validity period of the current restrictions and recommendations until 10. January. The artificial ice rinks and fields of Helsinki will be open during the Christmas holidays, and the maximum allowed user numbers have been increased at the biggest artificial ice rinks and fields. Cultural and leisure services, such as museums, cultural centres, indoor sports facilities and youth centres, will remain closed until 10.1. Libraries continue to have limited service, but during the Christmas holidays, libraries will be closed.

All artificial ice rinks and fields of Helsinki will be available to the residents even during the Christmas holidays except for Christmas Eve 24.12. Due to the coronavirus situation, maximum rink and field-specific skater numbers have been specified. Personnel will monitor the skater numbers on the artificial ice rinks and fields, and it might be necessary to wait for being allowed onto the ice during the busiest hours. As of 19.12., the rink and field-specific user numbers will be updated hourly during the public skating hours in the ulkoliikunta.fi service.

Further information on public skating on the artificial ice rinks and fields and the valid rink and field-specific user number restrictions:

Brahenkenttä artificial ice field – max. 250 persons
Kontula sports park artificial ice field – max. 150 persons
Käpylä sports park artificial ice field – max. 150 persons
Käpylä sports park artificial ice rink – max. 30 persons
Laajasalo sports park artificial ice rink – max. 30 persons
Lassila sports park artificial ice rink – max. 30 persons
Lauttasaari sports park artificial ice rink – max. 50 persons
Oulunkylä artificial ice field – max. 450 persons
Pukinmäki sports park artificial ice rink – max. 30 persons
Jätkäsaari sports park artificial ice field – max. 200 persons

At the Paloheinä outdoor recreation area in turn preparations have already been made for the winter ski season, and the field-side trail within the scope of the snow-making system has been primed with artificial snow. Snowmaking guns are used at sub-zero temperatures to make the trails usable as soon as possible. The condition of the ski trails can also be monitored at ulkoliikunta.fi.

Safe distances must be kept at outdoor sports facilities, and people are allowed to use the facilities only when healthy. Changing rooms and maintenance buildings will remain closed except for the toilet facilities.

Libraries

The libraries offer limited services. The restrictions apply until at least 10.1.2021.
The following library services are available:

- Books and other materials can be borrowed and returned using self-service machines
- Reserved materials can be picked up from the reservation shelf
- Materials can be borrowed from limited collection and theme shelves at the machines
- Indispensable transactions can be performed quickly on the customer computers

Face mask usage is a requirement in the libraries. If you are unable to use a face mask due to health-related reasons, please contact our personnel.

On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day all Helsinki libraries will be closed. On the day before Christmas Eve 23.12., on New Year’s Eve 31.12. and on Epiphany Eve 5.1. the libraries will close earlier than normal. On New Year’s Day 1.1. all libraries will be closed. On Ephiphany 6.1. Central Library Oodi will be open at 12–18, while the other libraries will remain closed. Please check the opening hours of your local library at https://www.helmet.fi/en-US/Libraries_and_services.