Recommendations and restrictions

Updated 24 June 2021

This page contains the City of Porvoo’s regulations, recommendations and restrictions related to the coronavirus.

Information about Coronavirus

The City's services

Most of the City's services are open as usual, applying health and safety measures and some limitations though. There are some exceptions in the service hours during the summer season. Please check information on each service on the City's website and the list of all exceptional service hours. 

Exceptional service hours in the summer (in Finnish)

You can stop coronavirus infections by following the safety instructions

  • Take care of good hand hygiene and coughing hygiene.
  • Wear a face mask even if you have received two vaccine doses.
  • Keep a safe distance of 2 metres indoors. Keep some distance also outdoors.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Do not go to public places, school or work if you have any symptoms.
  • Book a coronavirus test even if you have mild symptoms.

How to act if you suspect having the corona virus 

Working remotely

Working remotely is recommended for anyone whom it is possible.

Public events and gatherings 

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland has repealed any restrictions regarding gatherings and public events from 15 June 2021 on in the region of Eastern Uusimaa. Read the announcement in Finnish

However, as for customer spaces and public premises in general, the organizer of a public event or gathering must still comply with the general hygiene routines required by the law.

So-called social distancing order in the Section 58 h of the Infectious Diseases Act has been repealed in the municipalities of Eastern Uusimaa.

Gyms and outdoor sports venues

Adults over 20 years of age are allowed to restart sport activities at the city's indoor  premises from 16 June on.

Audience access to races and matches is allowed in accordance with the regulation set by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland (see above).

Changing rooms and service buildings are open, keeping safe distance and hygiene routines. The showers are not in use.

For swimmers, the number of people in changing rooms is restricted on the Hasselholma and Kokonniemi lidos.

The following health and safety instructions apply to guided hobby activities:

Any activities must comply with the instructions from the authorities, and when it comes to sports, also the instructions from the Finnish Olympic Committee and the sport's governing bodies regarding safe social distancing, hand hygiene and face masks.

A face mask is recommended for instructors and participants over 12 years of age if safe distance is hard to keep and if the person does not have a health reason not to wear a face mask. A face mask is recommended while not exercising sports.

The organizer of the hobby activities must provide a health and safety plan that complies with the instructions. You do not need to submit the document to the city but it must be available if asked.

Social and Health Services 

It is recommended to use a face mask and to arrive with the smallest possible group, preferably without an escort.

Visiting assisted living houses and rehabilitation departments at Näsi

The recommendation of the assisted living houses is only two visitors per inhabitant at the time. The visit must be scheduled on beforehand. Furthermore, outdoor areas such as the yard and patio are the preferred meeting places.

In the rehabilitation departments at Näsi, only two visitors are allowed per patient at the time. It is important to attend to hygiene instructions and to inform the personnel on the visit on beforehand.

Face masks

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare recommends that people over 12 years of age shall wear a face mask even if they have received two vaccine doses. This is because of limited evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines against virus variants and the risk of virus transmission from vaccinated persons to others.

A face mask is recommended in:

  • public transport
  • public indoor spaces such as shops, post offices, banks and libraries
  • public events
  • hobbies
  • all work spaces where you cannot keep safe distance, both in public and private sectors and
  • youth work activities and premises.

A face mask is strongly recommended:

At all social and healthcare service locations for everyone over 12 years of age. The personnel gives instructions to the clients regarding the use of face masks. An own mask is recommended but masks are also available onsite.

At the city's indoor sports facilities for everyone over 12 years of age while not exercising sports. This means that the mask is strongly recommended at the spaces such as the lobby, entrance, meeting and changing rooms and stand etc. Please wear a face mask when entering the premises.

At elderly peoples assisted living and rehabilitation departments any visitors over 7 years of age should wear a face mask. 

Parents should wear a face mask when visiting daycare premises, for example when bringing or picking up children.

How to use a face mask