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Nearly 53,600 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Finland, need for hospital care increasing, third vaccine dose given to one third of people aged 12 or over

13.1.2022 10.02
Nearly 53,600 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Finland between 3 and 9 January, compared to more than 42,100 new cases in the previous week. Cases are now reported even among people who have been vaccinated. The need for inpatient specialised healthcare has grown considerably while the burden on intensive care remains high but relatively stable. Vaccinations continue to provide good protection against the more serious forms of the disease.

Family leave reform enters into force in August 2022

13.1.2022 13.21
The number of parental leave days will increase and there will be more flexibility for parents to take leave. The reform aims to increase equality in working life and between parents and to take better account of different types of families. The new types of parental leave will mainly apply to families where the child’s estimated date of birth is 4 September 2022 or later.   

Changes to opening hours of food and beverage service businesses and to use of COVID-19 passport

11.1.2022 16.27
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The Government has amended the decree that restricts the activities of food and beverage service businesses due to the COVID-19 epidemic. From now on, all food and beverage services businesses must close at 18.00. In addition, the restrictions on the use of the COVID-19 passport will be extended until the end of January. The decree on the opening hours of food and beverage service businesses will enter into force on 12 January 2022 at 00.00 and it will remain in force until 31 January 2022. The decree restricting the use of the COVID-19 passport will enter into force on 12 January 2022.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses applicable in community transmission areas to be introduced in Åland

5.1.2022 13.21
The Government has amended the decree restricting the activities of restaurants and other food and beverage service businesses due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses that are necessary to prevent the spread of the epidemic will be introduced in Åland.

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Hanna Sarkkinen
Hanna Sarkkinen
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
Krista Kiuru
Krista Kiuru
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services
Thomas Blomqvist
Thomas Blomqvist
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality
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