President Niinistö canceled the reception for Independence Day

Another reason for the withdrawal is, he said, a “loophole in the legislation” that prevents the so-called. the use of a coronavirus passport at public events such as Independence Day reception.

Legislation says that a passport can only be taken in circumstances where there are restrictions on the recipient’s activities – for example, a restaurant with set serving and opening hours. The restaurant could circumvent the restrictions by denying access to people who do not have a passport.

It was also decided to cancel the event for members of the war veterans and the Lotta Svärd, a voluntary paramilitary women’s aid organization dating back to the early 1920s.

The Office of the President will send personal letters of apology to all those invited to this year’s events.

The Independence Day reception was to be organized for a smaller number of people than usual, and invitations were to be sent to a maximum of 200. Niinistö said last week that there will be health professionals, volunteers and representatives of culture and sports among the guests.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page





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