Finland: New decree restricting activities of food and beverage service businesses from 19 April — strictest restrictions for areas worst affected by COVID-19

NordenBladet — The Government has amended the decree restricting the activities of restaurants and other food and beverage service businesses due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The amendment to the decree will enter into force on 19 February at 00.00. 

After the temporary closure of restaurants and other food and beverage service businesses that is in effect from 29 March to 18 April, businesses can reopen with restrictions. The strictest restrictions will be imposed on the areas worst affected by the epidemic.  The regional restrictions will be amended weekly to correspond to the prevailing epidemiological situation. This will be done by amending the government decree.

All the restrictions will be reviewed on the basis of the national epidemiological situation. The first review will be conducted two weeks after the restrictions have entered into force, with a particular focus on the restrictions concerning terraces and patios, restaurants serving food and areas in the acceleration phase. It is imperative that the downward trend in new COVID-19 cases continues so that the restrictions can be eased.Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in Åland, South Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, Central Ostrobothnia, Lapland, North Savo, North Karelia and North Ostrobothnia from 19 April 2021The amount of customer seating in restaurants that primarily serve alcoholic beverages will be restricted to half the normal number of seats. For other restaurants, 75 per cent of customer seats may be in use. The restriction on the number of customer seats will not apply to Åland.

Restaurants may serve alcoholic beverages until 22.00 and be open between 5.00 and 23.00. In these regions, restaurants must instruct customers to stay seated in indoor premises. This means that dancing and karaoke, for example, are prohibited.Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in Uusimaa, Kanta-Häme, Southwest Finland, Satakunta, Pirkanmaa, Päijät-Häme, Kymenlaakso, South Karelia, South Savo, Central Finland and Ostrobothnia from 19 AprilThe amount of customer seating in restaurants that primarily serve alcoholic beverages will be restricted to one third of the normal number of seats. They may serve alcoholic beverages between 7.00 and 17.00 and be open between 5.00 and 18.00. For other restaurants, the amount of customer seating will be restricted to half the normal number of seats. They may serve alcoholic beverages between 7.00 and 17.00 and be open between 5.00 and 19.00. The restaurants located in these regions must also instruct customers to stay seated in indoor premises. This means that dancing and karaoke, for example, are prohibited.

 


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