Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses

Rectrictions from 24.7.2021 

The Government has 22 July amended the decree restricting the activities of restaurants and other food and beverage service businesses due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The amendment to the decree will enter into force on 24 July at 00.00. 

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in baseline areas in the regions of Åland, South Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, North Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, North Savo, North Karelia, Central Finland, South Savo, Ostrobothnia, Satakunta, South Karelia, Kanta-Häme and Lapland from 24 July

No separate restrictions on numbers of customers, licensing or opening hours.   

The obligations to observe the general hygiene guidelines and to keep a safe distance will apply:

  • The restaurants and other businesses serving food and/or beverages must clearly inform people arriving there that a person with symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection is not allowed to enter the business. 
  • The businesses must ensure that the customers use the premises in such a way that they are spaced as far apart as possible, and the customer seats are at a sufficient distance from each other.
  • The businesses must ensure that the premises and surfaces are cleaned and that the customers are given the opportunity to clean their hands.
  • The businesses must draw up a written plan on how to implement the obligations and restrictions laid down for their activities and the use of their indoor and outdoor facilities.
  • All customers must have their own seat at a table or similar.
  • The seat requirement does not apply to restaurant operations outdoors.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in areas in the acceleration phase in the region of Pirkanmaa, Kymenlaakso, Päijät-Häme, Uusimaa and Southwest Finland as of 24 July

Food and beverage service businesses may serve alcoholic beverages between 7.00 and 00.00 and be open between 5.00 and 1.00. 

Restaurants that primarily serve alcoholic beverages may have in use half the normal number of customer seats in indoor premises. Other restaurants may seat 75 per cent of their normal number of customers inside their establishments. All customers must have their own seat by a table or counter when indoors. 

On outdoor terraces customers no longer must have a seat, but everyone must take care of safe distances. The number of customer seats on outdoor terraces is not limited. 

The obligation to observe the general hygiene guidelines and to keep a safe distance apply.

Exceptions to restrictions 

The restrictions do not apply to the activities of staff restaurants or to takeaway sales of food to customers.

The restrictions on opening hours do not apply to food and beverage service businesses on vessels and aircraft that operate between Finland and other countries or abroad or to food and beverage service businesses that operate at distribution stations for liquid fuels.

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