New corona restrictions and recommendations for Porvoo 27.11.2020
The city of Porvoo is introducing new restrictions and recommendations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the area. Restrictions and recommendations are valid from November 30th to December 20th, 2020. The situation is followed, and changes are made if necessary.
- The change of the corona situation and the new restrictions will certainly feel unpleasant and heavy to all of us. However, it is important that we all commit ourselves to obey the restrictions, keep safety distances, follow the hygiene guidelines and use face masks - perhaps this is how we will succeed in turning the situation around for Christmas. Together we will cope with this, Mayor Jukka-Pekka Ujula underlines.
- You should also remember that we have many opportunities to continue communicating and do hobbies safely. For example, the public library has digital services, culture can be enjoyed virtually on digital culture website, and the city's website has many tips for virtual entertainment services. Porvoo also has great opportunities for outdoor activities, Ujula continues.
Premises will be closed, and hobbies will be cancelled
The city will close all customer premises that it manages and are open to the public, such as libraries, cultural and sports facilities, apart from essential services and facilities. Services are mainly operated digitally and by telephone.
The library continues to take reservations, offer express services and services on a computer by appointment. Youth facilities are also closed, but youth workers will continue to work outdoors, in schools and digitally. Youth workers will continue to meet children and young people in need of special support also indoors safely.
All hobbies organized indoors by the city will be cancelled. Also, outdoor activities for people over the age of 20 will be cancelled. Hobby shifts for outdoor activities for people over the age of 20 will be canceled. Hobby activities for people under the age of 20 can continue outdoors, but only with their own training group on previously granted shifts. There are no competitions, matches or series. No new shifts will be granted.
The city’s outdoor fields can be used by the city inhabitants when there are no activities for children and young people. Surveillance in the fields will be increased. Changing rooms and service buildings are kept closed. School exercise is carried out outdoors and on school premises, not in other indoor exercise facilities.
Training and competition opportunities for competitive and elite sports are secured for professional sports based on a serial license agreement or sports agreement, as defined by the Ministry of Education and Culture, national team activities, Finnish Olympic Committee supported athletes and Ministry of Education and Culture scholarship athletes in cooperation with Urheiluakatemia in Helsinki area.
- We strongly recommend that private actors follow the same restrictions, Jukka-Pekka Ujula appeals.
Porvoon seudun musiikkiopisto (School for music) and Porvoo Art School will move to distance learning. The premises of Kansalaisopisto (the Citizens' College) will be closed, but some of the courses will continue as distance learning. Borgå Folkakademi has stated that it follows the same procedure.
Many basic services will continue, mask recommendation will expand in workplaces
The majority of social and health services will continue for the time being, and appointments will not be canceled. Early childhood education, basic education and afternoon clubs will also continue to operate by obeying hygiene and safety guidelines and recommendations for the use of face masks.
The city recommends that work should be done remotely in all workplaces where it is temporarily possible. If working remotely is not possible, a face mask should be used in all work areas, even if it is possible to maintain safety distances. In the workplace, meals and coffee breaks should be divided to sifts.
The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland has banned all indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings from 30th November to 18th December 2020, however, allowing public events and meetings of up to 10 people, provided that safety can be ensured in accordance with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) instructions. For events of up to 10 people, only absolutely necessary ones, such as statutory general meetings and association meetings, should be organized, and these should also be held remotely whenever possible.
The city also recommends that close contacts should be limited to those close to one's own family or to those who are equated with a family. No other private meetings or family reunions are recommended. Small memorial services can be arranged.
The corona situation is getting worse rapidly also in Porvoo
The corona situation is rapidly getting worse throughout Uusimaa region, and the number of infections and mass exposures has also increased in Porvoo. Uusimaa region now meets the criteria for the most serious phase of the epidemic, the spread phase. The need for hospital and intensive care has grown alarmingly in the Uusimaa region, and infections are also spreading to older age groups.
- The strong increase in mass exposures is placing a strong impact on the trackability of infections. The Helsinki metropolitan area has already seen how delays in tracking infections and exposed people increase with increasing workload. This quickly leads to the epidemic being out of control and infections to recklessly increase. Tracking capacity has also been high in Porvoo this week, chief physician Kati Liukko says
- Inhabitants of the city of Porvoo move a lot between Porvoo and Helsinki metropolitan area because of work, business and hobbies. This also applies to young people. An increasing proportion of infections and exposures come from outside Porvoo, from the rest of Uusimaa region and especially from Helsinki area. That is why it is important that Porvoo also tightens its corona restrictions, underlines Jeff Westerlund, the deputy chief physician responsible for infectious diseases.
The new restrictions and recommendations are based on the regulations of the Regional State Administrative Agency and the recommendations of the government and the Uusimaa regional coordination group. Porvoo also coordinates its activities compared to the cities on the capital area.
- It is important to be able to protect the risk groups to whom the epidemic is most dangerous. We will also work to reduce the negative social and cultural impacts of restrictions, especially on children, young people and other special groups, where possible, Ann-Sofie Silvennoinen, Director of Social and Health Affairs, continues.