Current recommendations and restrictions during the coronavirus situation

updated on 26 April 2021

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.

Directions, recommendations, restrictions

Recommendations for events

The city recommends that private events for more than 6 people should not be held. The recommendation for private events will be 10 participants as of 1 May. If the coronavirus situation remains calm also in May, the aim is to increase the number of participants in private events to 20 persons as of 17 May 2021. 

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.

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inland Finland has issued an order to the municipalities of the Central Finland Hospital District limiting the number of participants in public events and general meetings to 10 persons at most. The order is in force until 30 April 2021.

Parishes are recommended  to organize indoor events in accordance with  the current  Regional State Administrative Agency's recommendations on the maximum number of people attending events. The current limit until the end of April is 10 persons.  
 

Recommendations for leisure activities and sport services 

As of 1 May, adult outdoor sport facilities will be available, group size for outdoor activities can be up to 10 participants. As of 1 May, outdoor training of team sports in groups of more than 10 participants will be allowed for the three highest divisions. 

The aim is to completely release restrictions on outdoor sports as of 1 June 2021.

City of Jyväskylä's swimming halls Aalto Alvari and Wellamo, are closed also in April (order extended on 26 March 2021). The city swimming halls and gyms will be opened with limited access to the public on 3 May.

Libraries

Reading rooms, working and multi-purpose areas as well as the premises requiring booking will remain closed, as will also be self-service libraries outside normal library opening hours. As vaccination coverage expands, access to reading rooms and self-service libraries will be reassessed.

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. 

Museums

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 Jyväskylä City Theatre and Jyväskylä Sinfonia are closed. The restriction is valid until the end of April. In rehearsals and online performances, the city requires that employees' health safety is ensured by following safety distances or wearing masks.

Because the audience restriction at the moment is 10 individuals, the city theatre has already informed the public that public events will be resumed after the summer holidays.

Recommendations on visits

As of 27 April 2021, visits to housing units for the elderly and disabled provided in housing units in accordance with the Social Welfare Act and city hospital wards do not need to be agreed in advance and the number of visitors will not be limited. If a resident visits outside the housing unit, they will no longer be placed in quarantine-like conditions when returning to the unit.

  • The visitor must observe hand hygiene and wear the disposable face mask given by the employees.
  • Social distancing must be observed and touching the client must be avoided.
  •  The visits can be arranged outside, in a separate room or in the resident’s own room.
  • The visitors are not allowed to visit the common rooms of the unit without a good reason.

In the wards of the City hospital, only relatives of patients in palliative care or critically ill can visit when wearing face masks.

Quarantine-like conditions in housing units

When a new resident arrives at a housing unit or a resident returns, for example, from a home leave, quarantine-like conditions are applied for 10 days. In this way, contacts with other residents are avoided and efforts are made to prevent the spread of the epidemic at the housing unit. 

Day activities

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. 

Distance learning recommendation for upper secondary and higher education was withdrawn as of 19 April

Educational institutions in Jyväskylä can again provide contact teaching. Distance learning recommendation is withdrawn also from the Jyväskylä Adultu Education Centre. 

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.

Remore working 

The remote working recommendation for city employess will remain in force until 31 August 2021. 

City decision-making by online meetings until the end of the city council term

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.

Travelling to be avoided to areas that are in the coronavirus spreading phase 

The city continues to recommend its residents to avoid travelling to areas currently experiencing the spreading phase of the coronavirus.