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Service centres to stay closed until the end of the year

Service centres will remain closed at least until the end of 2020. The opening of service centres will be re-evaluated at the end of the year. Updates will be announced in December.

‘We have received a lot of requests from our customers to reopen our activities. We, too, would like to see our customers again soon, but now we have to put the safety of our customers first,’ says Tuija Epäilys, director of Kamppi Service Centre.

‘The number of coronavirus infections has increased considerably in the Helsinki area. As our customers belong to risk groups, we have assessed, together with the Epidemiologic Operations Unit, that we are not yet able to reopen service centre activities,’ says Western Service District Director Maarit Rautio.

Reopening of day activities being looked into

The reopening of day activities is currently being looked into. The aim is to gradually reopen the activities to those customers whose situation is particularly challenging.

‘We are closely monitoring the situation of the pandemic together with the Epidemiologic Activities Unit. We understand that reopening the day activities is very important, especially for informal carers. However, this is also a matter in which we must put the safety of our customers first,’ Rautio says.

The reopening of day activities will be announced separately as soon as it becomes possible.

Service centres are open meeting places for Helsinki residents who are retired or unemployed. At service centres, you can participate in various hobby groups, go to the gym and receive service guidance from social instructors, among other things.

Older people’s day activities are organised, for example, for people over the age of 65 who have a memory disorder and live at home. Day activities also support the informal carers’ coping.

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