Schools require the use of a mask, and rapid testing is being considered. New restrictions for the Helsinki region will be decided by the regional administrative authority later.
The metropolitan area enters the coronavirus spread phase, the metropolitan area’s corona coordination group decided on Tuesday. The matter was confirmed to HS by the Deputy Mayor for Social and Health Services in Vantaa Timo Aronkytö.
He is one of the members of the Corona Coordination Group. Earlier told about it Yle.
At the same time, the face mask recommendation is expanding to include public events held outdoors.
Decisions the background is the deteriorating corona situation in the area and the increased need for hospital care, Aronkytö said.
The coronavirus has spread in recent weeks, especially in situations where there is a lot of social interaction and safety gaps have been difficult to follow. Chains of infection have been found in nightclubs, restaurants, bars and large public events, for example.
However, schools in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa will start in contact teaching next week. According to Aronkydö, contact teaching is justified because the population’s vaccine protection is increasing.
For the time being, no changes will be made to the recommendations and restrictions concerning the use of public interiors in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area or recreational activities on city premises, the Corona Coordination Group states in its release.
For example, libraries and swimming pools will continue to operate as they do now.
Aronkytö says that health security in schools is taken care of, among other things, by keeping teaching groups separate from each other.
According to him, the use of masks and corona testing in schools should be intensified: those over the age of 12 are recommended to wear a mask and FFP2 masks should be available for teachers and older students.
“If it seems that the disease is spreading in schools, rapid tests can be used in addition to normal testing.”
Among other things, these measures can keep schools open, Aronkytö says.
“Every effort should be made to avoid the sawmill movement and the need to close and reopen schools. At the same time, we want to prevent the spread of the disease. ”
The Corona Coordination Group also recommends continuing telework. In addition, it argues that the regional authority is tightening the assembly restrictions.
“The spreading phase is likely to mean that gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and more than 50 people outdoors will be restricted,” says Aronkytö.
Based on the decision of the corona coordination group, Avi outlines how, for example, public events can be organized safely in the Helsinki metropolitan area.
In Aronkydö’s opinion, restaurant restrictions should not be tightened too much.
“Tightening restaurant restrictions is on the threshold, but some measures need to be taken to cut the increase in the number of infections. Personally, I do not support terribly strict restrictions. The pendulum movement should be avoided. ”
Outside the Helsinki metropolitan area, Uusimaa continues to accelerate.
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