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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

  • The Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inner Finland on 5 February 2021 prohibits all indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings attended by more than 10 (ten) people in the municipalities of Vaasa Hospital District. However, public events and general meetings with max. 10 (ten) people may be held indoors and outdoors, provided that safety can be ensured in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Institute for Health and Welfare on 21 September 2020 (in Finnish). The order is valid to 1 March 2021.
  • The strong recommendation of the Ostrobothnia Corona Coordination Group is that private gatherings for more than 10 people should not be held. Recommendation will continue until the 31st of March 2021.

Face masks

  • Residents of the Ostrobothnia region have been strongly advised to wear a face mask in all public areas, secondary schools, upper secondary schools and those aged 12 until 31 March 2021.
  • Large crowds should be avoided and an adequate safe social distance of 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 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 and sixth-grade 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. 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 31st March 2021. Therefore, guardians are also still advised to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up children if they enter the building.
  • For early childhood education centre staff 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 when 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. Customer service is only possible by phone and email. The offices can only be visited by booking in advance.

Library and culture services, 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 for adults over 20-year-olds are suspended from the 30th of January 2021.
  • The Vaasa indoor swimming hall is open. Customers will be informed of face mask recommendations and access will be restricted if there are a large number of customers.
  • A maximum of 10 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 are cancelled until 1 March 2021
  • The performances of Wasa Teater are cancelled until 1 March 2021

Vaasa City Orchestra

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. Staff will wear a face mask or visor.

Youth service

  • Youth houses and the Cafe Kultsa youth café are closed until 1st of March 2021.
  • The skate hall is open. Max. 10 people inside.

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.

Other areas

Higher education

  • Novia: Practical exercises like labs, simulations or examinations can be done on campus in smaller groups at the start of the semester 4.1.2021. Other teaching will be done on distance. Read more: Novia
  • Vaasa University of Applied Sciences (VAMK): Mostly distance learning until 7 March 2021. The preparedness group meets weekly and, if necessary, takes measures to ensure a safe working and study environment. Changes are actively communicated. Read more: VAMK Current News
  • University of Vaasa: During spring semester 2021, the University will operate in a hybrid model, where teaching and staff work mainly take place remotely. Necessary contact teaching in for example laboratories and smaller groups can be executed with the rector’s permission following safety instructions and in groups of maximum 10 persons. Read more: University of Vaasa
  • Åbo Akademi University: Distance teaching and distance learning is recommended. Exceptions will be made for certain courses which require presence, such as courses with laboratory sessions or internships. First-year students at Åbo Akademi University that started their university studies on campus in Vaasa will continue with a combination of on-site and distance learning. Read more: Åbo Akademi
  • Svenska Handelhögskolan (Hanken): distance learning. Read more: Hanken