Check the latest recommendations and restrictions related to coronavirus in Turku e.g. in city services and hobby activities. (updated 18.10.2021)

LATEST INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS

Recommendations for all

  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep a safety distance of over two metres.
  • Wash and disinfect your hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into a single-use tissue or into your elbow.
  • Don’t go to work, school or other public facilities when you’re ill.
  • If you experience any symptoms, get tested: What to do if you suspect having caught the coronavirus infection

Recommendations for Southwest Finland can be found on the website of the Southwest Finland Hospital District: Coronavirus epidemic 2020, Southwest Finland Hospital District

Recommendations on wearing a mask

It is widely recommended to wear a mask: 

  • The City of Turku recommends using a mask in public spaces and in City of Turku service points. 
  • Föli, the Turku region public transport system: As of Tuesday 10 August, all those aged 12 or over must wear a mask when using Föli public transport unless there is a health reason not to wear one. 
  • Wearing a mask is recommended in upper secondary education and in comprehensive schools classes 6-9. 
  • Wearing a mask is recommended in day-care centre hallways when bringing children to day care and when picking them up. 
  • Wearing a mask is particularly important when visiting health care service points. 
  • THL updated the mask recommendation – wearing a mask is now recommended for people over 12 years of age (THL, 11.1.2021)

Turku distributes masks in

  • Monitori Skanssi (on mon to thu 12 noon –6 pm ja fri11am–5pm)
  • Monitori Market Square (on weekdays 9 am–6 pm and on Saturday 10 am–3 pm)
  • Social services, Linnankatu 23, (Eskeli), (on weekdays 8.15 a.m.–3.45p.m.)

Recommendations for schools and daycare

New guidelines for early childhood education and care and schools on coronavirus testing and infection tracing (21.9.2021).

  • For guardians of children in basic education: 
    Day-care centres continue to operate as normal .From 13 October onwards, it has been recommended in Turku that parents wear a mask when bringing their child to day care and when picking them up. Day-care centre hallways often have little room, making it impossible to maintain safety distances. Considering the current coronavirus situation, the City of Turku Education Division recommends that parents should use a mask when they bring their child to day care and pick them up.
    Clubs and parks are open.
    Open day care are open. 
  • Comprehensive school pupils: 
    Lower comprehensive schools, upper comprehensive schools, lower comprehensive school clubs, school clubs in upper comprehensive schools, basic education morning and afternoon clubs: in contact teaching.
    Wearing a mask is recommended in comprehensive schools classes 6-9.  
    For more information (e.g. school meals): in Wilma
  • Students in upper secondary education
    Vocational education and training in contact teaching.
    Upper secondary schools: in contact teaching.
    Wearing a mask is recommended in upper secondary education. 
    Dance of the old "Vanhojentanssit": Moved from spring to early autumn. Each school chooses their own dates for the dance.
    For more information: in Wilma.
     
  • Finnish Adult Education Center of Turku and Åbo svenska arbetarinstitut:  
    Finnish Adult Education Center of Turku and “Arbis”, the Swedish Adult Education Center of Turku in contact teaching. 

Using public spaces

  • The City of Turku recommends using masks in public spaces, in City of Turku services, and in Föli buses. 
     
  • Föli transport: in force for the time being 
    Föli, the Turku region public transport system, will readopt the mask mandate in public transport due to the deteriorated coronavirus situation. As of Tuesday 10 August, all those aged 12 or over must wear a mask when using Föli public transport unless there is a health reason not to wear one. Föli readopts the mask mandate on Tuesday 10 August 2021
     
  • Turku libraries: from 7.6.
    The library's corona restrictions are further eased from 7.6. It is again possible to reserve services and spaces. The collections and reading places can be used normally. The self-service time of the branch libraries is activated 1.7. The library's summer events are held on site or remotely according to previous agreements.
    More information: The library's corona restrictions are eased
     
  • Turku City Museums: in force for the time being
    The numbers of visitors to the museums are monitored, and access may be limited if necessary. Museum visitors are asked to please observe current coronavirus guidelines regarding safe distances and proper hand and coughing hygiene. The use of face masks is recommended to all visitors. Do not visit a museum if you have any cold or flu symptoms.
     
  • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra: 
    Information about concerts, programmes and safety instructions can be found here. 
     
  • Turku City Theatre: 
    Turku City Theatre and Emma Theatre offer a comedy 39 askelta in Emma Teatteri in Naantali. Further information about the show can be found in Finnish on the website of Turku City Theatre.

Events and gatherings

There is no valid meeting restriction in Southwestern Finland (Decision of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwestern Finland of 27 August 2021). At the same time, the requirement to avoid close contact will be lifted in public events and public meetings.

However, the organisation of events requires that their safety can be ensured by complying with the hygiene requirements laid down in section 58 c of the Communicable Diseases Act:  

  • customers and participants have access to wash their hands
  • customers and participants are provided with sufficient instructions on how to maintain adequate distance, wash hands and other similar practices that prevent the spread of the infection
  • the cleaning of facilities and surfaces will be made more efficient in addition to what is provided for elsewhere in this area.
  • the presence of customers and participants is arranged loosely in such a way that it is possible, taking into account the specific characteristics of the activity in question. If there is seating, the seats are placed sufficiently far from each other.

The temporary section 58 c of the Communicable Diseases Act is currently valid until 31 December 2021.

Recommendations on travel

Hobby activities

Sports Services

City of Turku’s indoor sports facilities and swimming facilities:

  • Contacts and competition activities are allowed also indoors regarding adult customers.
  • Adults continue wearing a mask indoors excluding the time of exercise.
  • Enrollment for excercise classes continues.

Youth Services

  • The city of Turku youth centres are open according to summer opening hours. The opening hours of the youth centres vary in June and July.  For more detailed opening hours, see turku.fi/nuorisotilat (in Finnish).  Youth centres are kept open normally so that safety distances can be maintained. Safety distances must be maintained at all times and their implementation must be monitored. There are no longer any person restrictions on the premises.
  • Adventure Park Seikkailupuisto: art workshops and the traffic town are open from the 9th June to 30th July. The art camps are taking place from the 7th June to 2nd July, Mon–Fri 8 am–4.30 pm. For supervised activities a ticket must be reserved and paid for before participating. Reservations and ticket payments can be made at the Seikkis park info and driving schedules for the pedal cars are available at the traffic town.
  • Vimma - Art and Activity Centre for Youths: Summer event (for 9–18-year-olds) on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9th–23rd June, 12–4 pm. In June, handicraft courses for people aged 13 to 28 are organised as requested. The courses will run until 21st June. Vimma's café is open until 21st June and is serving 10 customers at a time. In June, space reservations can be made for up to 10 people.  In June, space reservations are limited, taking into account health safety. No space reservations will be taken for the period 5th July to 8th August.
  • The bands involved in the Turku Rock Academy have personal guidance again and Auran Panimo music space is open. Streamed gig activities have also started. The bands’ gigs are usually available on Thursdays at 6 pm on the Turku Rock Academy's Youtube channel. In June, the Vartiovuori summer theatre will host a free gig without age-limit on Saturday 19th June at 4 pm.
  • Camping areas are opening. The size of the areas and facilities will determine the number of staff.  The most important task is to ensure that safety distances are maintained. In camps, the groups must keep to their original formations and safety distances between different parties must be maintained. 
  • Face masks should be worn in all youth service facilities.

Visiting City of Turku service points

  • The City of Turku recommends wearing a mask in all City of Turku service points.
     
  • Services for the elderly: from 26.4.2021
    In City of Turku services for the elderly, instructions have been made for visits of the next of kin in the facilities of housing services.
    A nurse accompanies the resident to the meeting and back, provides guidance for the next of kin and offers protective wear. During these visits, a surgical mask or a visor covering the entire face must be used throughout (obligatory). Using a surgical mask adequately requires that the mask covers the mouth as well nose. The mask should not be removed and then put back on. Don’t touch the mask during use. If the next of kin and resident go outside the unit, they are advised to maintain good hand hygiene and wear a surgical mask in public spaces.
     
  • Visits of the next of kin to Turku City Hospital and Kaskenlinna Hospital: from 23.4.2021 onwards - in force for the time being
    On 22 April 2021, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare issued guidelines regarding hospital visits. The restrictions regarding hospital visits have been lifted, but as the coronavirus epidemic continues, the visits must still be organised safely. For this reason, it is important to follow the instructions regarding hospital visits. Read more: Restrictions regarding hospital visits have been lifted - instructions for safe visits
     
  • Child welfare clinics: in force for the time being from 14 October onwards 
    Turku recommends wearing a mask when visiting the clinic. 

Recommendation on remote work

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