Check the latest recommendations and restrictions related to coronavirus in Turku e.g. in city services and hobby activities. (updated 12.1.2021)

LATEST INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS

Recommendations for all

  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep a safety distance of one to 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
  • The maximum number of participants in indoor or outdoor events is 10. As the entire Southwest Finland region has entered the spreading phase, gathering restrictions are tightened from 11.12.2020 to 24.1.2021

Wearing masks is recommended in the area of the Southwest Finland Hospital District in accordance with the spreading stage recommendation of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. 

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, in city of Turku service points and in Föli buses. 
  • Wearing a mask is recommended in upper secondary education and in comprehensive school. 
  • In indoor sports facilities, wearing a mask is recommended for children under 15 years of age and obligatory for children over 15 years of age at all times apart from the sports activity itself. 
  • 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. 

Turku distributes masks in Monitori Skanssi (on weekdays 12 noon–6 pm) and Monitori Market Square (on weekdays 9 am–11 am and on Saturday 10 am–12 noon.)

Recommendations for schools and daycare

  • For guardians of children in basic education: in force for the time being from 13 October onwards
    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.
     
  • Teaching in spring term 2021 in City of Turku schools and educational institutions will begin with a hybrid model and contact teaching. If possible, teaching will continue in this form until the winter break beginning on 19 February 2021. Read more Beginning of Spring Term in the City of Turku Education Division
     
  • Comprehensive school pupils: In comprehensive schools in Turku, the spring term begins on Thursday 7 January 2021. Teaching starts as contact teaching but will be replaced with distance teaching if necessary. The same operating model that was used during autumn term will also be used in the spring. Guardians and pupils will be informed about potential changes via Wilma. Read more Beginning of Spring Term in the City of Turku Education Division
    According to the new policy lines of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, it is recommended that pupils in grade 6 wear a mask from now on.
    The City of Turku Education Division extends the recommendations on using face masks to cover lower comprehensive school pupils in grades 4 to 6 in Lausteen koulu, Nummenpakan koulu, Turku International School, Turun normaalikoulu and Varissuon koulu. 
     
  • Students in upper secondary education: 
    The spring term in upper secondary schools in Turku begins on Thursday 7 January 2021 and a hybrid model is used in teaching. In the hybrid model, graduating students (candidates for the matriculation examination) are mainly in contact teaching. Alternation between other groups is solved separately for each school. Upper secondary school students will be notified about changes via Wilma.
    The spring term of Turku Vocational Institute begins on Monday 4 January 2021 and a hybrid model is used in teaching. Fields of education have made field-specific plans for teaching in spring term. Workplace-based learning continues as planned. Educational units will inform students about arrangements via Wilma. 
    Read more: Beginning of Spring Term in the City of Turku Education Division
     
  • Finnish Adult Education Center of Turku and Åbo svenska arbetarinstitut: in force for the time being from 4 December to 1 February
    pring term in the Finnish Adult Education Centre of Turku and Åbo svenska arbetarinstitut begins on 1 February and the term can continue until the end of May. Read more: Beginning of Spring Term in the City of Turku Education Division

Using public spaces

  • The City of Turku recommends using masks in public spaces, in City of Turku services and in Föli buses. 
     
  • Föli recommends wearing a mask on the bus: in force for the time being 
    Föli recommends wearing a mask in accordance with regional recommendations and advises passengers to keep more distance to others than usual at bus stops, inside the bus and when getting on the bus. Keeping safety distances in buses may not be possible during rush hours. If possible, travel outside rush hours (rush hours are between 7 am and 9 am as well as between 2 pm and 5 pm). Usually the most crowded buses include buses heading to the city centre of Turku in the morning and buses heading away from the city centre in the afternoon.
    Take care of hygiene by washing your hands often. Hand sanitizer is available on Föli buses. Please dispose of single-use masks adequately after use. Don’t leave the mask on your seat or in a bin inside the bus. More information on Föli website
     
  • Turku libraries: in force between 3.12.2020-10.2.2021
    The use of libraries is limited so that books can be borrowed but reading rooms are closed. The use of public computers is enabled for short-term handling of affairs. All library events and group visits are cancelled or turned into virtual remote events.
    It is recommended that anyone over 15 years of age should wear masks in all City of Turku libraries in accordance with recommendations of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. 
     
  • Turku City Museums: in force between 3.12.2020-10.2.2021
    Turku City's museums are closed. The museums are: Biological Museum, Kylämäki Village of Living History, Luostarinmäki Museum Quarters, Pharmacy Museum & Qwensel House, Turku Castle, WAM/Turku City Art Museum, and the Brinkkala Gallery.
     
  • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra: in force between 3.12.2020-10.2.2021
    Audience cannot attend concerts of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Concerts during this time can be watched as live web emissions. Further information about concerts, programmes and compensations for tickets to cancelled concerts can be found at tfo.fi
     
  • Turku City Theatre: 3 .12.2020 - 10.2.2020
    Turku City Theatre will cancel all shows and public events. Further information about compensation for tickets to cancelled shows can be found of the website of Turku City Theatre.

Events and gatherings

  • Gathering restrictions: in force between 3.12.2020 - 10.2.2021
    Public events: The maximum number of participants in indoor and outdoor events is 10.
    Private events: Private events involving more than ten people should not be organised. 
    The maximum number of participants in outdoor gatherings is 10, in other words the same as in public events and general gatherings organised indoors. 
     
  • Differences between public events and private events can be found on the website of Regional State Administrative Agencies: Usein kysyttyä koronaviruksesta. (Coronavirus FAQ, in Finnish). For instance, activities of sports clubs and other hobbies and events that have no audience and that are not open to all are not considered public events or general meetings. Regional State Administrative Agencies don’t have the authority to limit them. This means that e.g. ordinary sports practices and group exercise classes do not fall under the regulations of Regional State Administrative Agencies.
     
  • The costumed celebrations and parade of penkkarit for graduating students in February cannot be organised because of the difficult coronavirus situation. The ball of the new seniors is postponed until Wednesday 12 May 2021, as the coronavirus situation can be expected to improve by then.

Recommendations on travel

  • Travelling to Uusimaa and other areas in the spreading phase: in force for the time being from 26 November onwards 
    Non-essential travel to Uusimaa and other areas in the spreading phase should be avoided. The same goes for entering Southwest Finland from these areas. This is to prevent the worsening of the pandemic situation in Southwest Finland (where the situation is, for the time being, slightly less severe). 
     
  • Restrictions on internal border traffic: In force until 9.2.2021
    On 7 January, the Government decided to extend the restrictions on entry into the country until 9 February 2021. The COVID-19 epidemic is still clearly growing globally, and the number of infections is increasing in most countries more sharply than in Finland. Read more: Restrictions on entry extended until 9 February

Hobby activities

  • Swimming centres, gyms, indoor ice rinks and other indoor sports facilities have been closed for public. Public hours in indoor ice rinks and in the football hall will not be available. In force until 24 January 2021. 
     
  • Infant swimming and swimming lessons for adults are postponed to a later time. Those who have signed up for these activities will be contacted. 
     
  • Use of sports facilities, people over 20 years of age: 3.12.2020 – 24.1.2021
    Time slots reserved in indoor and outdoor sports facilities for activities of people aged over 20 are cancelled, apart from top sports activities: practice and competition activities of teams at international, national and first division level as well as professional practice and competition activities in individual sports aiming at international success.  
    Time slots in indoor sports facilities reserved for exercise that involves people aged under and over 20 years at the same are cancelled. 
    Indoor swimming pools and gyms are closed for the public. Exceptions include club activities of children and adolescents under 20 years of age and professional training aiming at international success.
    Instructor-led hobby activities of Sports Services for adults are not organised in January. Instructor-led activities will begin on 1 February and continue until May. Selling of the season passes Leidit liikkeellä, Kunnon äijät and Kuntokonkarit begins on 25 January. Instructor-led activities for adults in the swimming centres of Impivaara and Petrelius (swimming lessons, aqua aerobics and gymnastic exercise) begin on 1 February. Impivaara Swimming Centre offers live exercise. 
     
  • Use of sports facilities, people under 20 years of age: 3.12.2020 – 24.1.2021
    Time slots reserved in indoor sports facilities for activities of children and adolescents under 20 years of age will not be cancelled. Match and competition activities for people under 20 years of age in indoor sports facilities must be ceased. 
    Practising during time slots reserved for activities of children and adolescents under 20 years of age must involve safety distances and close contact is not allowed. This means that close contact training e.g. in games, gymnastics and martial arts must be avoided. Outdoor opportunities may be used for training purposes. 
    Instructor-led activities of Sports Services for children and adolescents (Liike clubs and Mihi) start on 11 January. Swimming lessons for children in Impivaara Swimming Centre begin on 9 January and swimming education for schools begins on 7 January. Schools can book swimming time slots at Impivaara Swimming Centre. The spring season of Children’s Wonderland begins on 31 January 2021. 
    Policies and regulations e.g. regarding people over 15 years of age wearing masks, safety distances and hand hygiene are in force in sports facilities. In addition, it is recommended that school-aged children under 15 years of age wear masks. 
     
  • Outdoor sports facilities are open and available for independent training.
     
  • Parkki field artificial ice rink: in force for the time being
    City of Turku Sports Services monitor the number of people in the Parkki field artificial ice rink and limit access if the rink is crowded. To alleviate crowds, another entrance has been taken into use for exercise wristband owners. Please use outdoor benches when putting your skates on and taking them off. Only toilet facilities and renting services can be used indoors. Anyone aged 15 years or over is required to wear a mask indoors.
    Ice skating will be possible at the skating worm in Kupittaa and in natural skating rinks that will be frozen (11 January onwards). For the time being, changing rooms are not in use. 
     
  • Skiing will be possible in Impivaara once snowmaking and ski track work has been completed.   
     
  • City of Turku youth facilities: from 16 December 2020 to 10 February 2021
    Regional youth facilities will remain open, as they provide a space for distributing information on coronavirus and young people can meet safely there. Also outreach youth work and Fendari continue to operate as before. Youth work in upper comprehensive schools operates as normal.
    Youth services are offered to a limited extent. This means that, for instance, group activities involving close contact are avoided. Trips, cooking activities and visits to the cinema will not be organised. All events/reservations involving more than 10 people are cancelled. Group sizes in hobby activities for children and adolescents must remain small in Vimma, Adventure Park and band activities. Vimma Art and Activity Centre for Youth and the skateboard hall Cube will follow the same principle that currently applies to exercise – this means that hobby activities are primarily targeted to people under 20 years of age.

Restrictions in services for the elderly and high-risk groups 

  • Restrictions in Welfare Division group activities in services for the elderly and the disabled:  in force  3.12.2020–10.2.2021 
    In Welfare Division, restrictions affect group activities in services for the elderly and the disabled. In the facilities of wellbeing centres Ruusukortteli and Lehmusvalkama, activities are limited in a way that only memory rehabilitation groups supporting informal care continue. A maximum number of 10 people can be present in the groups at the same time. Restaurants in wellbeing centres will be closed. 
     
  • Evening gatherings for the next of kin at centres for the elderly in Turku: in force  3.12.2020–10.2.2021
    When restrictions are in place, evening gatherings for the next of kin are not organised at centres for the elderly in Turku. However, the next of kin can visit their loved ones when they comply with safety instructions. 
     
  • Work and day activities in services for the disabled: in force  3.12.2020–10.2.2021
    In services for the disabled, rehabilitative work and day activities are organised in a way that the maximum number of people in groups is ten and safety measures are taken into consideration. 

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:
    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. To ensure safety, visits must be agreed upon with the unit in advance.
    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.
     
  • Visiting prohibition in Kurjenmäkikoti 2: in force for the time being
    Visiting prohibition in Kurjenmäkikoti 2 will continue until 31 December, potentially even after that. 
     
  • Visits of the next of kin to Turku City Hospital and Kaskenlinna Hospital: from 18.12.2020 onwards - in force for the time being
    In Turku City Hospital wards of Mäntymäki and Kaskenlinna, visits to inpatient wards are restricted for the time being from 18 December 2020 onwards due to the worsened coronavirus situation. Visits to critically ill patients, patients in palliative care and child patients are allowed if the visitor uses protective wear as instructed and complies with instructions related to hygiene. Read more: Visits to Hospital Services Restricted
     
  • 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

  • The recommendation to work remote remains in force in Southwest Finland in accordance with the decision in principle of the Council of State. According to the recommendation, employees should work remote if their tasks allow it. Working arrangements that help reduce close contact and other risk factors at the workplace should be advanced.
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