Finland is tightening restaurant restrictions and notifying boosters of those under 60 years of age

As daily cases of coronary virus rise to record levels, the Minister of Family and Social Affairs Krista Kiuru (SDP) announced on Thursday the extension of the Communicable Diseases Act until June 2022, as well as updated restrictions on the operation and opening hours of bars and restaurants.

According to the updated measures, bars and restaurants that do not require a Covid Passport from customers must stop serving at 5pm and close their doors at 6pm. In order to operate without restrictions, staff must always request a Covid Passport.

Companies that do not sell alcohol, such as cafes, can continue to operate from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., whether or not they introduce a Covid Passport.

The new restrictions will take effect on November 28th.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the minister also said the government is preparing a new vaccination strategy that will introduce vaccines to children aged 5 to 11 and offer booster doses to those under 60.

The transfer comes after the European Agency for Disease Control (ECDC) recommended to EU Member States that a third dose of the vaccine be given to anyone over 40 years of age.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is expected to issue a vaccine recommendation for 5-11 year olds in the coming days, which is why Finland has begun preparations, Kiuru said at the press conference.

Source: The Nordic Page


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