Kymenlaakso recommendations

In addition to the national level, the coronavirus situation in Finland is monitored region by region. On the basis of regional incidence, recommendations are made region-specifically so that they can be related to the number of infections and the prevalence of the disease.

Existing regional restrictions and recommendations

Regional restrictions and recommendations in Kymenlaakso will be updated according to the situation, so it is advisable to follow them regularly. Kymsote’s restrictions and recommendations apply throughout Kymenlaakso.

The following restrictions apply for the time being, unless otherwise stated.

Recommendations for wearing a face mask for persons over 12 years of age:

Use face masks at your own discretion. A face mask will prevent droplets from spreading into the environment. When you use a face mask, you protect others from infection. 

We recommend that you continue to use masks in indoor public spaces and on public transport if 

  • you seek treatment or a test because of suspected infection with coronavirus
  • you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, but you need to move outside your home
  • you know that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, for example, if someone in your family has been diagnosed with an infection but you are not able to avoid close contacts outside your home.

A mask also protects the person wearing it to some degree.  Even though vaccinations give excellent protection against a serious case of the disease, you can still get infected.

Especially those who are 12 years of age and over and unvaccinated, as well as all those who are at risk of contracting severe coronavirus disease, should consider using a type of mask that protects the user effectively. Those who are in at-risk groups should consider using a mask even if they are fully vaccinated.

Wearing a mask is still advised for social and health care workers and customers visiting hospitals or other Kymsote units.

Workplaces

  • It is recommended that employers arrange remote working for all work where this is temporarily possible. Work meetings are also advised to be arranged remotly.
  • When it’s possible, workplace meals and coffee breaks should be staggered.
  • It is enncouraged that the employers allow employees to take short-term sick leaves without a doctor’s certificate.

Visits to hospitals

  • Visits to patients in Kymenlaakso Central Hospital, Northern Kymi Central Hospital, Hamina and Karhula hospitals and the rehabilitation unit in Hoiku are not recommended. However, visits are permitted at individual discretion when the visit is beneficial for the patient’s well-being.

Visits to residential units

  • Appointments are always arranged in advance with the unit staff.
  • The meeting will be arranged either outdoors or indoors, taking safe distances into account.
  • Only healthy persons are allowed to visit close relatives.
  • Close contact, such as shaking hands or hugging, should be avoided.
  • Personal assistants are comparable to employees, and protect themselves in accordance with the staff instructions when providing assistance.
  • Staff will provide instructions on hand hygiene, the use of mouth and nose protectors and other necessary practices. The aim is patient safety and the occupational safety of personnel. Persons wearing mouth and nose guards protect their close relatives from coronavirus infection.

Organisations of teaching

  • Contact teaching can be arranged in all educational stages, complying with safety arrangements, such as good hand hygiene and clean surfaces.
  • All students should be advised to stay at home when falling sick.

Public events

  • The organizer is responsible of mandatory safety measures, such as maintaining safe distances, wearing and meeting required hygiene standards.

Private and family events

  • It is recommended that the organizers of private and family events follow the same recommendations as public event organizers.

Food and beverage service establishments

  • The government makes decisions on restrictions on the opening hours of food and beverage service establishments, serving times and numbers of seats. Find more detailed information at the official site of Finnish Government.

Group hobby activities

  • In youth group hobbies, it is recommended that the participants and organizers pay good attention to safety measures regarding covid-19.
  • In adult group hobbies, participants should avoid close contact with each other and maintain good hygiene etiquette.
  • The audience must follow the orders of the Regional State Administrative Agency on meeting restrictions and other instructions for public events.

Traveling in and out of Finland

  • Find out about the entry practices of both Finland and the country of destination. Instructions may change frequently.
  • You travel at your own risk. If you fall ill or need hospital treatment abroad, it will cause you additional costs and delays.
  • When travelling, you might need a certificate of a negative covid-19 test result, a complete coronavirus vaccination kit or having had the coronavirus disease. The covid-19 test certificates must be obtained from a health care unit. Kymsote does not provide covid-19-tests for travelers without symptoms.

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