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Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses — Ostrobothnia moves to COVID-19 community transmission phase

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
26.8.2021 13.29 | Published in English on 26.8.2021 at 13.43
Press release 238/2021

The Government has amended the decree restricting the activities of food and beverage service businesses due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The restrictions for the community transmission phase will be applied to food and beverage service businesses in Ostrobothnia.

The decree will enter into force on Sunday 29 August 2021.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in the regions that are at the community transmission phase of the epidemic — Southwest Finland, Pirkanmaa, Kymenlaakso, Uusimaa, Satakunta, South Karelia and Ostrobothnia — from 29 August:

Food and beverage service businesses may serve alcoholic beverages between 7.00 and 22.00 and be open between 5.00 and 23.00.

Food and beverage service businesses that primarily serve alcoholic beverages may have only half the normal number of customer seats in use in their indoor and outdoor premises. Other food and beverage service businesses are restricted to 75 per cent of their normal number of customer seats in indoor and outdoor premises.

All customers must have their own seat at a table or similar in both indoor and outdoor premises. 

Customers are instructed to stay seated in indoor premises. Businesses must draw up and provide their customers with instructions on how to enter or leave the premises or access the area designated for smoking or the toilets and washing facilities and how to collect their takeaway orders of food and drinks. In practice, dancing and karaoke, for example, are not allowed.

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in the regions, hospital districts and cities that are at the acceleration phase of the epidemic — Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, North Savo, North Karelia, Central Finland, South Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, North Ostrobothnia and Kainuu as well as the Hospital District of South Savo and the city of Rovaniemi — from 29 August:

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

Food and beverage service businesses that primarily serve alcoholic beverages are restricted to half of their normal number of customer seats indoors. Other food and beverage service business are restricted to 75 per cent of their normal number of customer seats indoors. 

As before, all customers must have their own seat by a table or counter when indoors. The number of customer seats on outdoor terraces is not limited. 

Restrictions on food and beverage service businesses in Åland, the Hospital District of East Savo and the region of Lapland, excluding the city of Rovaniemi, from 29 August: 

There are no separate restrictions on the number of customers or on licensing and opening hours.

An exception to this applies to food and beverage service businesses in Åland. These businesses may serve alcoholic beverages between 7.00 and 00.00 and be open between 5.00 and 1.00.

As before, all customers must have their own seat by a table or counter when indoors.

The obligation to observe the general hygiene guidelines and to keep a safe distance applies in all areas.

Exceptions to restrictions remain unchanged

The restrictions laid down in the decree 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.

Inquiries:

Ismo Tuominen, Senior Ministerial Adviser, [email protected]

The Regional State Administrative Agencies will answer questions concerning the practical implementation of the restrictions.

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