Current recommendations and restrictions during the coronavirus situation
Face mask recommendation
Following the National Institute for Health and Welfare's (THL) recommendation (8 January 2021), the use of face masks is recommended to all Jyväskylä residents over the age 12 until further notice.
The use of face masks is recommended in the following settings:
- In public spaces and events where close contacts cannot always be avoided.
- In comprehensive schools in grades 6-9.
- In secondary schools (including general upper secondary schools) and higher education institutions.
- On public transport where close contacts cannot always be avoided.
- Persons travelling to a COVID-19 testing facility and awaiting the test results, if it is necessary for them to move outside the home.
- Passengers arriving in Finland from a high-risk area while moving from the point of entry to the place of quarantine or if it is necessary to move outside the home during the quarantine. More information: THL - Travel: and the coronavirus pandemic.
- Public spaces and events where mask use is recommended are shops and shopping malls, post offices, banks, libraries and similar indoor spaces. Masks are recommended in audience areas of facilities for physical activities, exercise and sports venues.
In addition masks are recommended in public spaces such as dressing rooms in swimming pools, spas and saunas, Adult Education Centre's cources (excluding physical activity cources), churches and other religious community spaces, concert halls and other live music venues, theatres and other performance venues, cinemas and other venues for screening films and audiovisual works as well as museums and galleries.
In accordance with the instructions of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the mask should not be used if it unreasonably hinders breathing or there are other health-related reasons that prevent the use of the mask.
The use of face masks is mandatory for city employees working in social and health services and in basic educationin and early education. Masks are also used in other tasks, such as customer service tasks and office work, based on risk assessment in work communities.
updated on 1 June 2021
Directions, recommendations, restrictions
Recommendations for events
The recommendation not to organize private events for more than 50 people is being removed as of 1 June. Safety distances and good hand hygiene must be followed in gatherings. Private events are all events of a private nature that are not open to the public. Examples of private occasions include birthday parties and private evening parties.
On 28 May 2021, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland decided no longer to limit the number of participants in public events and general meetings in the hospital district area of Central Finland. However, the organiser of public event must continue to carry out a plan of how the organiser ensures the safety of the event. E.g. safety distances and good hand hygiene.
Recommendations for leisure activities and sport services
Outdoor sports can be practiced without restrictions, as long as safety distances are taken care of. The city opens indoor sports venues as of 1 June.
Reading rooms, working and multi-purpose areas as well as the premises requiring booking are being opened as of 17 May. However, safety instructions, like using face masks and keeping safety distances, must be followed. Self-service libraries will open on 10 June.
Adult Education Centre
At the Adult Education Centre, physical education and language teaching will continue for the rest of the spring as distance learning. Sports groups that were suspended at the beginning of February will not continue this semester. Individual education and group education for children and young people will continue as contact teaching. Lectures and public events are held online or cancelled. Handicraft advice is open by appointment.
The City Jyväskylä's museums are open. However, safety instructions, like using face masks and keeping safety distances, must be followed.
City Theatre and Jyväskylä Sinfonia
The public performances of the City Theatre and Jyväskylä Sinfonia are organized by following the regulations on audience numbers issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency. In rehearsals and online performances, the city requires that employees' health safety is ensured by following safety distances or wearing masks.
Recommendations on visits for the elderly and disabled housing units
Visits to housing units do not need to be agreed in advance and the number of visitors will not be limited. The visitor must observe safety and hygiene regulations of the unit.
In the services for the disabled, work and day activities will continue with exceptional arrangements until the end of June 2021.
Daytime activities for the elderly is closed until the end of June 2021.
Daytime activities for the elderly as well as work and day activities for persons with special needs has been on pause for a long time, but now we are looking forward to reopening the activities in compliance with special arrangement as of 1 August.
Permits for events in public areas will be issued from 1 March
The City of Jyväskylä will again issue permits for events in public areas from 1 March onwards. Public areas are all areas owned by the city. In terms of events, this means parks, the harbour area, Lutakko Square and the pedestrian street.
The events must comply with the current coronavirus guidelines and Avi's audience restrictions.
The remote working recommendation for city employess will remain in force until 31 August 2021.
The city's decision-making process will also be held remotely until the end of the council term. The new council will start operating in autumn 2021.
The city no longer recommends to avoid travelling to areas currently experiencing the spreading phase of the coronavirus.