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Coronavirus restrictions and measures in Vaasa

Local restrictions, recommendations and measures concerning the coronavirus will affect the availability of the City of Vaasa’s services. The restrictions, recommendations and measures, and their effects on the City of Vaasa’s services, are specified below.

Restrictions, recommendations and measures

Group gatherings

  • Public events of more than 10 people and public meetings indoors and outdoors are banned by the decision of the Regional Government Agency. Public events under 50 people can be organized if safety is guaranteed. Public events include concerts, cinema screenings, general meetings and sports tournaments. Public meetings include, for example, public demonstrations. More information from the Regional State Administrative Agency site.
  • The strong recommendation of the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group is that private gatherings for more than 20 people should not be held. Recommendation will continue until the 2nd of December.

Face masks

  • Residents of the Ostrobothnia region have been strongly advised to wear a face mask whenever they are in public spaces outside the home. Large crowds should be avoided and an adequate safe social distance of 1-2 metres should be maintained from other people.
  • Owners and service providers of shops and other public spaces are asked to encourage the use of face masks by their staff and customers.
  • Read more about wearing face masks here.

Safe social distancing

  • Try to keep a safe social distance of 1-2 metres from other people. The recommendation applies to all contacts outside the family.

Other recommendations

Using the Koronavilkku contact tracing app

  • Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • A notified person is asked to check for any symptoms and to apply immediately for a corona test even if only minor symptoms occur.
  • Notification of potential exposure by the application does not mean that the person will be directly quarantined. If you are taken ill, you can report it anonymously through the app. The app protects your privacy.
  • Vaasa Central Hospital urges everyone to download the Koronavilkku app to their own phone, if they have not already done so.
  • Instructions for setting up the Koronavilkku app and what to do  if the Koronavilkku app starts flashing.

Effects of restrictions on City of Vaasa services

Primary and secondary education

  • For the time being, secondary school pupils are being given face masks to wear during the school day.
  • Staff in basic education will wear face masks.
  • The City of Vaasa’s Administration for Early Childhood Education and Basic Education has restricted access to customer service from 7 October. Customer service is only possible by phone and email. The offices can only be visited by booking in advance.

Early childhood education

  • The mask recommendation for persons entering early childhood education centres remains valid until 31 December 2020. Therefore, guardians are also still advised to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up children if they enter the building.
  • The mask recommendation for early childhood education centre staff ends on 18 November 2020. However, the use of a face mask is always acceptable if the work allows it.
  • A quarantined guardian cannot bring their child to an early childhood education facility themselves.
  • The operation of open kindergartens can continue from 23 November 2020, taking into account the restrictions on gatherings.
  • The City of Vaasa’s Administration for Early Childhood Education and Basic Education has restricted access to customer service from 7 October. Customer service is only possible by      phone and email. The offices can only be visited by booking in advance.

Library and culture services, museums

  • LittFest is organized online, all presentations will be streamed.
  • For the time being, no guided tours or events are being organized at the City of Vaasa’s museums.
  • The museums and libraries of the City of Vaasa are open normally. Customers will be informed of face mask recommendations and access will be restricted if there are a large number of customers.

Sports services in the City of Vaasa

  • Group exercise classes, water gymnastics, family exercise classes and Action sports clubs in primary schools are suspended until the end of year 2020 due to the deteriorating corona situation.
  • The Vaasa indoor swimming hall is open. Water gymnastics classes have been cancelled until the end of 2020. Customers will be informed of face mask recommendations and access will be restricted if there are a large number of customers.
  • A maximum of 20 people can gather at the same time at sports facilities managed by the City of Vaasa.

Vaasa Theatres (Vaasan kaupunginteatteri and Wasa Teater)

  • The performances of Vaasa City Theatre and Wasa Teater will continue 1 November.
  • Every other sitting place can be used.
  • Valid from 6th of November until 30th of November 2020

Vaasa City Orchestra

  • Vaasa City Orchestra performances continue at half the audience capacity in November.
  • At the concerts we are following the recommendations of safety distance and there are no intermissions.

TaiKon and Kuula-opisto (basic art education)

  • Kuula-opisto: Teaching is arranged as classroom teaching as normally as possible. Safety regulations are being followed and students are being informed separately about how the teaching arrangements are affected.
  • Taikon: Teaching will continue as classroom teaching from 2 November. Staff will wear a face mask or visor.

Youth service

  • Youth houses are closed and club activities are suspended until 30 October.
  • The skate hall is open during normal opening hours from 2 November. Groups restrictions are in place: max. 20 people.
  • The Cafe Kultsa youth café is open normally, max. 10 customers at the same time.

Evening courses: Vaasa-opisto and Vasa Arbis

  • Teaching is arranged as classroom teaching, unless otherwise agreed between the course teacher and the participants.
  • Course participants are encouraged to wear a face mask.
  • Choirs are postponed until 31 December.

Other areas

Higher education

  • Novia: distance learning until 9 November.
  • Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK) will return to campuses and move on to hybrid work. The preparedness group meets weekly and, if necessary, takes measures to ensure a safe working and study environment. Changes are actively communicated.
  • University of Vaasa. Teaching is mostly distance learning until 31.12.2020.
  • Åbo Akademi University: all teaching at Åbo Akademi University’s Vaasa unit is carried out as distance learning until 8 November.
  • Svenska Handelhögskolan (Hanken): distance learning until 8 November.