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Finland gets ready to welcome big groups

Barring any setbacks, Finland is set to ease meeting group restrictions to allow groups of more than 500 pax from 1 August 2020

Finland: if the development of the epidemic continues without any significant setbacks, the restrictions on gatherings may be lifted altogether from 1 October 2020.
Finland: if the development of the epidemic continues without any significant setbacks, the restrictions on gatherings may be lifted altogether from 1 October 2020. Photo Credit:Getty images

FINLAND - The Finnish government will ease meeting group size restrictions as of 1 August 2020 to allow indoor and outdoor events with more than 500 pax if “the development of the epidemic continues in the current direction without any significant setbacks”, said the Finnish Convention Bureau in its latest statement.

Event organisers must ensure the safety of attendees by following the guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture concerning safe distances, hygiene practices and limiting the number of visitors, if necessary, by dividing activities into smaller sections.

Currently, indoor and outdoor public events with fewer than 50 attendees are allowed. Internal and outdoor events with more than 50 but fewer than 500 attendees are permitted, only if safety can be ensured by promoting good hygiene practices, maintaining safe distances, and limiting the number of visitors. Outdoor events with more than 500 attendees are allowed with special separation arrangements.

If the development of the epidemic continues without any significant setbacks, the restrictions on gatherings may be lifted altogether as of 1 October 2020, in which case, all indoor and outdoor events would be permitted without restrictions on the number of attendees.

The government recommends that event organisers themselves continue to ensure compliance with the above-mentioned guidelines. It will regularly review the guidelines for public events and public meetings based on the current situation and impact assessment at the national and regional level. If the development of the epidemic takes an unfavourable turn and if the assessment so requires, the plan for lifting the restrictions will be reviewed.

Travellers from Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway do not need to self-quarantine on arrival in Finland.

As of 13 July 2020, the government will lift the internal border control and restrictions on traffic between Finland and countries where the incidence of COVID-19 is similar to countries where the internal border control has already been lifted. At present, the limit value is a maximum of eight new cases of the disease per 100,000 persons in the previous 14 days.

Based on the current development of the epidemic, internal border control could be lifted for the following countries: Germany, Italy, Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Liechtenstein. In addition, travel to Finland from Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland, would be allowed.