Ministry of Social Affairs and Health sent a circular of hybrid strategy to manage the COVID-19 crisis
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has updated its action plan implementing the hybrid strategy to manage the COVID-19 crisis in accordance with the Government Resolution adopted on 22 December 2020. The Ministry sent a circular to the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, municipalities, hospital districts and other joint municipal authorities, the Regional State Administrative Agency and the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health.
The action plan of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of 7 September 2020, adopted under the Government Resolution of 3 September 2020, has guided the authorities responsible for the implementation of the Communicable Diseases Act in using the recommendations and restrictive measures in an appropriate manner with respect to the epidemiological situation. Because the global pandemic continues and the epidemic is again accelerating in Finland as well, the action plan has been updated for the period from January to May 2021.
All measures must be epidemiologically justified. To this end, the action plan describes three phases of the epidemic that are used to assess the need and targeting of restrictions and recommendations and to support decision-making at regional and national levels. Some of the details of the three phases have been amended based on experiences during the autumn 2020.
The action plan describes the statutory powers to implement measures, the roles and decision-making of different authorities and the nature and contents of measures.