The Helsinki Region Coronavirus Coordination Group has lowered the Covid situation in the capital to the average level of Finland’s three-stage Covid epidemic classification.
This means that bars and restaurants can continue to serve alcoholic beverages for longer until 10pm – once the central government is stamped on the switch.
Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori (NCP) announced the exchange on Twitter. He said the Covid Coordination Group in the area, made up of representatives from the municipalities in the agglomeration, had decided on the number of cases to fall, meaning the area was no longer “through the community” of the epidemic.
The group’s view was that imports of new variants were now a major threat and Community transfer levels were falling all the time.
Therefore, they decided that the area should be reclassified into a confusingly named “acceleration phase,” allowing the authorities to relax many of the restrictions affecting hobbies, bars, and restaurants.
According to the rules in force, bars and eateries will be open from 05:00 to 23:00 and alcohol from 07:00 to 22:00.
The changes must take effect once they have been approved by the government.
Source: The Nordic Page