Fever thermometer and used tissues.

Possible mass exposure at a pub in Helsinki

Several people who spent time at Old Irish Pub in Helsinki on 9, 11, 12 and 15 September have been tested positive for the coronavirus. The people who have been in close contact with the infected have been reached and quarantined.

People who spent time at the pub on the aforementioned days and nights are urged to monitor their health closely for two weeks until 29 September 2020. They should immediately seek out coronavirus testing even with mild symptoms.

The test result should be waited for at home, and close contact should be avoided with older people and those in risk groups in particular until 29 September, unless otherwise instructed when the symptoms occur. We wish to point out that the use of a face mask reduces the risk of infection in situations where it is not possible to ensure that safe distances can be maintained.

The symptoms of a coronavirus infection include intermittently elevated body temperature, fever, coughing, headache, muscle ache, a sore throat, a runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of the sense of smell and taste, nausea, diarrhoea and abnormal fatigue.

Helsinki residents can complete a coronavirus symptom assessment at Omaolo.fi. The Omaolo service provides instructions and advises you to make an appointment for a coronavirus test when necessary. Helsinki residents are also served by the coronavirus helpline, tel. 09 310 10024 (8:00–18:00 every day).

Residents of other municipalities should contact their local health services if they experience coronavirus symptoms.

‘We are very pleased with the close cooperation with the City of Helsinki and I would like to emphasise that we comply with all coronavirus restrictions and have also introduced our own safety measures. We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our customers,’ says Peder Blak, the CEO of Old Irish Pub.

We recommend the use of Koronavilkku. You can download it to your phone at koronavilkku.fi. If you are using Koronavilkku and receive an alert, follow the instructions provided by the application.

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