Filter for Finland Government Actions to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

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2020-07-13 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
lift the restrictions on traffic at the internal borders between Finland and countries where the incidence of the coronavirus is similar to that in the countries where internal border control has already been lifted
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2020-07-13 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
The entry of berry pickers at the invitation of companies will be permitted via both internal and external border traffic. The entry of berry pickers from Thailand will be permitted according to the country quota previously allocated to Finland.
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2020-07-13 Out Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
The restrictions concerning the opening hours, licensing hours and numbers of customers of food and beverage service businesses will be lifted completely
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2020-07-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
amendment permits the provision of funding for research, development and innovation activities under the temporary state aid scheme established in the context of the coronavirus epidemic and approved by the European Commission
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2020-07-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
sectors in which the turnover for April 2020 was at least 10 per cent lower than the average monthly turnover in the reference period are eligible for support.
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2020-07-09 In Movement restrictions: Surveillance and monitoring
An information system consisting of a mobile application and a back-end system will be developed to break the chains of COVID-19 transmission more effectively. The use of the application will be voluntary, and the application will be developed with due respect for data protection, data security and fundamental rights.
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2020-06-17 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Temporary compensation to basic social assistance clients due to epidemic
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2020-06-17 Out Public health measures: General recommendations
Government dismantles recommendation to avoid visits to hospitals
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2020-06-15 Out Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Those countries where the borders are opened to are exempted from quarantine requirements upon arrival
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2020-06-15 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Reminder for risk groups to protect themselves
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Opening: Land border between Finland and Norway and for air traffic and regular ferry services between Finland and Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
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2020-06-15 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Border opening for "pleasure craft", i.e. tourism by private persons on their own boat
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2020-06-15 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension until further notice: border closure to Schengen countries (with exceptions of listed countries)
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2020-06-15 Out Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
State of emergency lifted
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2020-06-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government to provide universities with EUR 100 million in capitalisation
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2020-06-12 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Everyone has the right to leave Finland; however, non-essential travel should be avoided
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2020-06-11 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Exempt amount of unemployment benefit to be raised and conditions for commuting and relocation allowance to be amended temporarily
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2020-06-11 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension until 14th July: External borders remain closed
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2020-06-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
EUR 112.3 million would be used to support children, young people and families in the exceptional situation caused by the coronavirus; EUR 60 million to ensure services for the elderly
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2020-06-02 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
110 million additional funds for medicines and vaccines development
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2020-06-02 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
EUR 450 million through the supplementary budget in additional funding to Finnish Minerals Group to drive the battery industry
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2020-06-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Additional 4,500 foreign workers are allowed to enter the country to support the agricultural harvesting
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2020-06-01 Out Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Exemptions on rest and driving times for heavy transport are normalized again
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Travel within the country allowed again, if hygiene measures can be followed
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2020-06-01 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Restaurants are only allowed to be open until 11pm; alcoholic beverages only to be sold until 22.00
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Sports competitions and series can be resumed with special arrangements
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Restaurants allowed to reopen; under certain restrictions that are still drawn up
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The following premises allowed to reopen: national and municipal museums, theatres, the National Opera, cultural venues, libraries, mobile libraries, services for customers and researchers at the National Archives, hobby and leisure centres, swimming pools and other sports facilities, youth centres, clubs, organisations’ meeting rooms, day care services for the elderly, rehabilitative work facilities and workshops.
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2020-06-01 In Public health measures: General recommendations
To universities and all other adult educational institutions to conclude semester digitally
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Current limit of maximum 10 person gathering raised to 50 persons; this also applies to events organised by private and third-sector operators, to cultural, recreational, exercise and sports events and to religious events
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2020-06-01 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public events of up to 500 persons allowed in indoor and outdoor spaces under special circumstances, generally they remain forbidden however
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2020-06-01 Out Movement restrictions: Border checks 
Exit checks for internal border control will be carried out using spot checks
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2020-05-28 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
An additional 5mio. EUR for organisations and foundations in health and social services sector
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2020-05-28 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Number of transport regulations implemented: public transport providers are allowed to change their schedule with only 5 days notice; taxi drivers may hand-in their health certificate up to 6 month of application of license extension; maritime and ship security certifications deadlines extended
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2020-05-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Increase in the exempt amount of unemployment security
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2020-05-19 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Guidance towards elderly people to remain careful but maintain wellbeing and physical activity
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2020-05-15 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Guidelines on behaviours and safety requirements at events published in connection with the maximum number of people at events being expanded
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Extension: continue of recommendation against travelling abroad
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Outdoor recreational facilities will be opened, subject to the restrictions on gatherings.
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2020-05-14 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Restrictions on border traffic will be lifted across the Schengen internal borders by allowing employment or commission-related commuting and other essential traffic._x000D_
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2020-05-14 Out Social distancing: Schools closure 
School education and early childhood education and care under the Basic Education Act and the Act on Early Childhood Education and Care will resume in a controlled and gradual manner.
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2020-05-14 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Commuting across internal borders now allowed without a requirement on the necessity of the work and it is no longer necessary to provide reasons for the necessity of the work commute
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2020-05-14 In Movement restrictions: Border checks 
Internal border control will continue at land borders, ports and airports
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2020-05-14 In Public health measures: General recommendations
With lifted travel ban to go abroad for non-essential reasons, the government still advices against non-essential travel abroad
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Testing policy
People with any symptoms associated with COVID-19 to be tested and call for them to seek testing
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
People working in social welfare services are mandated to wear face masks; set to last until 30th June
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Requirement to wear protective gear in public
Finnair to make passenger masks mandatory on flights
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2020-05-13 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Extension until 30th June: Limits to the sale of pharmaceuticals and equipment in the public health care sector
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2020-05-13 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Advice to SMEs on labour law issues available by telephone
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2020-05-12 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Extension until 30th June: Employers’ right to temporarily derogate from working hours and annual holidays arrangements and periods of notice extended in healthcare and social welfare
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2020-05-08 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Guidance for municipalities on critical healthcare and social welfare services during the COVID-19 epidemic
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2020-05-08 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Governments continue to convene remotely for morning sessions, in the face of returning to work normally
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2020-05-07 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
High-profile group for strengthening wellbeing and equality in the aftermath of the coronavirus epidemic established
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2020-05-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Support for re-employement for the restaurant sector
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2020-05-06 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Incentives to attract workers for the agricultural sector set, e.g. temporary raise of earnings, opportunities to use the commuting and relocation allowance; threshold for earned income in the aid scheme for discontinuing production activities will be waived for a fixed term; and easier entry for workers from abroad enabled
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2020-05-04 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Extension until 31st July: Large public events with more than 500 people are prohibited
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2020-05-04 Out Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
The borrowing of books and other material from libraries will be immediately permitted._x000D_
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Extension: For the time being, recreational travel abroad is not recommended, and the travel advice issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be extended accordingly.
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Extension until after summer: General recommendation for home-based work where possible remains
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Extension: recommendation for people over 70 to be particularly careful and follow specific recommendations
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Extension until end of June: Restriction to visits in hospitals
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Extension until end of June: Restriction to visits in care institutions
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2020-05-04 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Funding collected for development of a coronavirus vaccine – Finland pledges EUR 36 million
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2020-05-01 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Temporary financial support is available for parents who care for children at home without pay during the coronavirus epidemic; compensation for loss of earnings where quarantine-like conditions mandated after returning to Finland
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2020-04-29 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
State prepares to participate in Finnair’s planned recapitalisation arrangements
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Recommendation to celebrate vappu while avoiding physical gatherings
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2020-04-28 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Call to not postpone follow-up and treatment of chronic diseases despite the coronavirus outbreak
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2020-04-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Further simplification for unemployment benefit applications
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2020-04-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government has decided to extend the temporary exemptions to driving times and rest periods issued for heavy goods vehicles due to the coronavirus situation. The exemptions will remain in force until 31 May 2020.
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2020-04-24 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Coronavirus info session for children on Friday 24 April
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2020-04-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Extension to the maximum duration of start-up funding and more flexibility to jobseeker interviews
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2020-04-23 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
EUR 10 billion to businesses through Finnvera, a state-owned specialised financing company, by increasing its domestic financing. The additional financing would mainly be used for guarantees to help companies get loans from banks in the coronavirus situation.
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2020-04-23 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
National Mother’s Day celebration postponed due to COVID-19
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health instructs municipalities to take proactive measures to strengthen and maintain the activities of the healthcare and social welfare sector. Primary measures include: reorganising work activities, acquiring services from private service providers and third-sector operators, and recruiting backup employees.
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health instructs municipalities to take proactive measures to strengthen healthcare and social welfare services
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Call for people to become #finlandforward promoter to help spread information online
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: Psychological assistance and medical social work
#finlandforward promoters are also called to "support psychological resilience to crisis during and after the emergency situation"
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2020-04-20 In Public health measures: General recommendations
To avoid spending unneccesary time outside
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2020-04-17 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
General call for solidarity among citizens
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Companies and associations were allowed to postpone their annual meetings
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Government to support people at home with loss of their income due to Corona and those that have a loss of income due to the mandatory 14 days quarantine upon arrival
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2020-04-16 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Various measures by Bank of Finland: investing in short-term Finnish corporate commercial paper (€1 billion); 1 ppt reduction in the structural buffer requirements of all credit institutions; Finland’s Export Credit Agency is expanding its lending and guarantee capacity to SMEs by €10 billion; State Pension Fund will also invest in commercial paper (€1 billion); easier re-borrowing of pension contributions allowed
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Finnish Government is supporting the development of a coronavirus vaccine with EUR 5 million. The funding will be targeted at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI).
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2020-04-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The Government has issued new decrees to bring into force special agreements on the transport of dangerous goods during emergency conditions.
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2020-04-15 Out Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Seasonal workers to be exempted as well from border closure, though decision on case-to-case basis from the Finnish Boarder Guard
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2020-04-15 Out Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
The travel between the larger island and the mainland was reopened
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2020-04-15 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Apppointment of a working group to draft proposals for regeneration measures after the coronavirus crisis to respond to the climate crisis and decline in biodiversit
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
People at-risk for contracting or having poor health outcomes due to corona are exempted for renewing their driving certificate or car license to avoid unnecessary contact
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2020-04-15 In Public health measures: Other public health measures enforced
Public desinfection should be made available at all public spaces where hand washing is not possible
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2020-04-09 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Extension: of government policies and guidances established on 16th March until 16th May
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2020-04-09 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Easier access to unemployment benefits, with abolishments or suspension of certain criteria and timelines
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2020-04-09 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The sale of medicines, goods and services used in healthcare services has been restricted.
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health instructs municipalities to continue rehabilitative work in alternative ways
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2020-04-08 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Random sampling antibody tests for studies conducted
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2020-04-07 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Extension: of border closure for non-essential reasons to Sweden and Norway
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2020-04-07 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Entrepreneurs are temporarily entitled to labour market support to deal with the sudden and unforeseen decline in demand due to the coronavirus epidemic.
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2020-04-07 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
People arriving from Norway or Sweden under 14 days quarantine (with exemptions, e.g. health workers)
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2020-04-06 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Extension: school closure for early childhood education and care, primary and secondary education and vocational education and training extended until 13 May
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2020-04-06 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
List of essential reasons for traveling finalised
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2020-04-06 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Derogations of some labour laws for health professionals temporarily until 13 May; including holiday act, working hours and employment contracts act
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2020-04-04 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All restaurants, cafés and bars must be closed everywhere in Finland
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Awareness campaigns
Information materials sent to every household
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2020-04-03 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Limitations to public social welfare units and care institutions; special rules to reduce the infection risk implemented
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2020-04-02 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
If necessary, freedom of movement in social welfare units such as residential homes for older people, housing units for people with disabilities and foster care units related to child protection may be restricted.
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2020-04-01 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
Prime Minister’s Office appoints Operations Centre to support management of COVID-19 situation
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2020-03-31 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Employee’s right to unemployment extended and quicker access to benefits established
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2020-03-30 In Public health measures: Testing policy
Samples are primarily taken from patients with severe respiratory tract infection symptoms and from healthcare and social welfare personnel, so that the health of personnel and the adequacy of the workforce can be secured.; other patient groups will be tested if capacities exist (including mild symptoms)
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2020-03-28 In Movement restrictions: Domestic travel restrictions
Traveling to and from the region is forbidden, apart for essential reasons
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2020-03-27 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
Ski areas that were linked with recent cases are forced to close pre-end-of-season
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2020-03-27 In Movement restrictions: Border checks 
Controls at international airports increased, with form filled and symptoms checked, possibly leading to being rejected entry or forced quaratine if necessary
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2020-03-27 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Finland joins an EU project on joint procurement of protective equipment
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Financial support specifically for entrepeneurs/self-employed: The support criteria are the same in all municipalities. The state will provide this support in full by allocating EUR 100 million reserved for the ELY Centres’ business subsidy granting authorisations in the supplementary budget for 2020.
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
The Government is allocating EUR 1 billion for direct business subsidies. Of this amount, EUR 700 million is intended for grants provided by Business Finland and EUR 300 million for grants provided by centres for economic development, transport and the environment.; State-owned specialised financing company Finnvera to guarantee business loans
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2020-03-27 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Employers obligated to notify the government of dismissals of ten or more employees
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2020-03-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Notice period for lay-offs reduced for long-term employees
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2020-03-26 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Resting periods for drivers of goods have been liften
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2020-03-26 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Decree submitted to Parliament on the use of powers concerning the obligation to work under the Emergency Powers Act; people working in both public and private healthcare who have received training in the field and who have reached the age of 18 but not 68 may be required to work.
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: Health screenings in airports and border crossings
For returnees from abroad (e.g. through repatriation flights) health personell will give advice and health checks done as needed
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2020-03-25 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Advice guidelines for employers to protect their workers established
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2020-03-20 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary schools regulations are being released slightly; parents can now decide whether they send their kids to school (previously only parents with critical jobs were allowed to do so)
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2020-03-20 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
All nationals and residents coming from abroad to self-quarantine for 14 days
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2020-03-20 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
State guarantee for Finnair (€600 million) and for shipping companies (€600 million)
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2020-03-19 In Movement restrictions: Border closure 
Entry limited to Finish nationals or people residing in Finnland, for essential work, transit traffic; Finnish nationals are not allowed to leave the country, third country nationals are
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2020-03-18 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
The premises of schools, educational institutions, universities and universities of applied sciences as well as civic education and other liberal education institutes will be closed down, and contact teaching will be suspended. As an exception, however, pre-primary education organised in schools and contact teaching for grades 1–3 will continue for the children of parents working in sectors critical to the functioning of society
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2020-03-17 In Socio-economic measures: State of emergency declared
Implemented the Emergency Powers Act to Parliament per decree; provisionally until April 13th
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2020-03-17 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
Limits established to the sale of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals for the public healthcare system.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Recommended self-isolation for those who have been abroad, for 14 days
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Schools closure 
Primary schools closed only parents with critical jobs can continue to send their kids to school
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
All public non-essential services are closed
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2020-03-16 In Socio-economic measures: Emergency administrative structures activated or established
The Emergency Powers Act was implemented
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Municipal swimming pools and other indoor sports facilities have been closed. Private operators are strongly advised to do the same.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
Employers are encouraged to advice their employees to work from home
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Closure of businesses and public services
State and municipal museums, theatres, the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, the Finnish National Gallery, the Finnish National Theatre, cultural venues, libraries, mobile libraries, services for customers and researchers at the National Archives, organisations’ meeting rooms, day activities for the elderly, rehabilitative work facilities and workshops will remain closed. Private and third-sector operators and religious communities are strongly advised to do the same.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Isolation and quarantine policies
Visits to housing services for the elderly and other at-risk groups will be prohibited and visits to care institutions, health care units and hospitals (with exeptions)
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: Strengthening the public health system
The capacity of healthcare and social welfare services will be increased in the public and private sectors. At the same time, non-urgent activities will be reduced. The capacity of the private sector will be mobilised for public use as necessary. At the same time, statutory deadlines and obligations will be eased. The capacity for coronavirus testing will be increased. The National Institute for Health and Welfare will provide support in this respect.
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2020-03-16 In Public health measures: General recommendations
As a general guideline, persons over 70 years of age must refrain from contact with other persons to the extent possible (quarantine-like conditions), with the exception of members of parliament, the state leadership and elected officials in local government.
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2020-03-16 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Public gatherings are limited to no more than ten persons, and it is recommend to avoid spending unnecessary time in public places. Per state of emergency declaration
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2020-03-15 In Socio-economic measures: Economic measures
Deferral of tax and pension payments for 3 months are expected to provide additional short-run relief of 2 percent of GDP (€4.5 billion).
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2020-03-13 In Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Cancelling public events with more than 500 people until may 31
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2020-03-07 In Movement restrictions: International flights suspension
To and from Milan and Rome and strong reduction of other connections.
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2020-01-07 Out Social distancing: Limit public gatherings
Events that have clear sections, with buffers between them may have more than 500 people participating
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