Järvenpää City services
In March 2020 the Finnish Government decided on additional measures to address the coronavirus outbreak in Finland. In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Government adopted policy recommendations for the providers of early childhood education and care, pre-primary education, primary and lower secondary education, general upper secondary education, vocational education and higher education.
The measures were in force until 4 May 2020.
On 4 May the Government decided on plan for a hybrid strategy to manage the coronavirus crisis and for ways of gradually lifting the restrictive measures. This so-called hybrid strategy focuses on a "test, trace, isolate and treat" approach, alongside the controlled dismantling of restrictive measures.However, the emergency conditions continue to prevail in Finland.
Early childhood education opens 14 May
Järvenpää primary schools open from 14 May
Starting from 14 May primary schools will open in Järvenpää after an almost 2 months' closing.
As of 14 May 2020, the statutory restrictions on border traffic will be lifted in cross-border traffic across the Schengen internal borders by allowing employment or commission-related commuting and other essential traffic.
For the time being, recreational travel abroad is not recommended, and the travel advice issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will be extended accordingly. The Ministry of the Interior will draft more specific guidelines on the gradual opening of border traffic. Finland considers it important that the lifting of the restrictions on border traffic be coordinated at the EU level.
Opening of restaurants
The gradual opening of restaurants will begin on 1 June 2020, provided that this is supported by the effects of lifting the current restrictions and by the subsequent general epidemiological assessment. This requires legislative amendments that would enable imposition of restrictions on, for example, the number of customers and the alcohol serving hours. Legislative proposals to that effect will be brought for the Government's consideration no later than 13 May 2020.
Outdoor recreational facilities will be opened as of 14 May, subject to the restrictions on gatherings
Sports competitions and series can be resumed with special arrangements on 1 June.
The borrowing of books and other material from libraries will be immediately permitted.
The following public indoor premises will be opened in a gradual and controlled manner as of 1 June: national and municipal museums, theatres, the National Opera, cultural venues, libraries, mobile libraries, services for customers and researchers at the National Archives, hobby and leisure centres, swimming pools and other sports facilities, youth centres, clubs, organisations' meeting rooms, day care services for the elderly, rehabilitative work facilities and workshops.
Anyone aged over 70 years should continue to avoid physical contacts as far as possible. The Government emphasises that those who belong to the risk groups should use own discretion in observing the guidelines.
The restrictions concerning visits to healthcare and social welfare units will remain in force until further notice and the matter will be next reviewed by the end of June. For example, care units are looking for new practices to enable safe social contacts.
Work from home
The recommendation on working from home is continued until further notice. As much as possible, the Järvenpää city staff has been remote working. The national recommendation will be reassessed after summer.