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On 17 December The Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland issued an order that the number of participants in public events should be limited to 10 people as of 22 December. The order is valid until 17 January 2021. The order has an impact on the City of Jyväskylä's operations.
Kaksi naista maskit kasvoillaan ostoskeskuksessa. Image Sami Lamminaho

The performances of the Jyväskylä City Theatre and Jyväskylä Sinfonia are cancelled until 17 January 2021.

Outdoor skating shifts open to the public will be cancelled 22 December 2020 - 17 January 2021. Hobby and training activities on outdoor ice that are closed to the public will continue in accordance with the city's recommendations on hobby activities.

The traditional New Year's fireworks organised by the city is cancelled.

All other City of Jyväskylä's coronavirus recommendations will be extended until 17 January 2021.

  • Therefore, the City of Jyväskylä recommends that all indoor group exercise for people over the age of 18 should be suspended until 17 January. On the city's own premises, regular bookings for people over the age of 18 will be cancelled until 17 January.
  • It is also recommended that hobby, match and competition activities for team and contact sports for athletes over the age of 18 should be suspended indoors until 17 January 2021, excluding training and competitions for national teams, Finnish Championships and Division 1 levels.  The restrictions do not apply to professional training aimed at the top on an international level.
  • Hobby activities for children and young people will continue normally, according to the safety recommendations. (Hobbies for children and young people that are open to public are not a public event as defined by AVI, so groups of more than 10 people can participate in children's and young people's hobbies, as long as safety regulations are otherwise taken into account.)
  • The city will close its own gyms and special sport groups until 17 January 2021.
  • City of Jyväskylä’a swimming halls Aalto Alvari and Wellamo are closed until 17 January 2021. In Aalto Alvar and Wellamo, recreational activities for under-18 year old and competitive athletes continue in accordance with the previously mentioned recommendations on indoor sports.
  • City libraries are open with limited services until 17 January 2021. Picking up reservations, returning loans, short-term use of client machines will normally serve during library opening hours.  Collection areas as well as reading and working areas are closed and library cars do not operate until 17 January 2021.
  • The city recommends that private events for more than 10 people should not be held until 17 January. Private events are all events of a private nature that are not open to the public. Examples of private occasions include birthday parties and private evening parties.
  • A recommendation is extended to all parishes that a maximum of 10 people be allowed to attend indoor events until 17 January 2021.

Extensive mask recommendation valid until further notice

It was decided to continue the face mask recommendation for persons aged over 15 in Jyväskylä until further notice. The use of face masks is recommended in public spaces and events where close contacts cannot be avoided. Recommendation applies to outdoor events and tournaments where the safety distance is not possible. The use of face masks are recommended in secondary schools (including general upper secondary schools) and higher education institutions and in public transport. Public spaces include shops and shopping centres, post offices, banks, libraries and other similar indoor places.

In accordance with the instructions of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the mask should not be used if it unreasonably hinders breathing or there are other health-related reasons that prevent the use of the mask.

The use of face masks is mandatory for city employees working in the following functions: in health services and in the city hospital until further notice; in home services for the elderly and other at-risk groups and housing; services for at-risk groups until further notice; in basic education the staff must wear a mask or visor until further notice and in early education, the mask or visor should be used until mid-January in all work tasks where the employees move between different groups.

The city recommends that older people in housing services should not be brought to visit homes during Christmas

It is safer to meet an elderly person in their own housing unit according to the city's guidelines:

  • Visits must always be arranged in advance and the visitor will be given instructions for the visit.
  • There may be two visitors at the same time.
  • The visitor must observe hand hygiene and wear the disposable face mask given by the employees.
  • Social distancing must be observed and touching the client must be avoided.
  • The visits can be arranged outside, in a quiet separate room or in the resident’s own room.
  • The visitors are not allowed to visit the common rooms of the unit without a good reason.

Distance education recommendation for secondary and higher education

Distance education recommendation for secondary and higher education will be evaluated in the Emergency Management Team's meeting on 4 January 2021. 

More information

Chair of the emergency group, Mayor Timo Koivisto, City of Jyvskylä, tel. +358 50 3362 819
Physician responsible for communicable diseases, City of Jyväskylä, Ilkka Käsmä, tel. +358 50 522 0486
Chief Physician, City of Jyväskylä, Johanna Tuukkanen, tel. +358 50 572 4205
Director of education, culture and sports, City of Jyväskylä, Eino Leisimo, tel. +358 50 584 8987

City of Jyväskylä's current recommendations and restrictions

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