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The Social and Healthcare Committee decides on tougher measures due to worsening coronavirus situation

The Social and Healthcare Committee (Sosiaali- ja terveyslautakunta) has decided to ban events attended by more than 50 people until 25 October, 2020. The Committee strongly recommends that a break be held in team sports and team sport competitions until 25 October. It is also recommended that gatherings of more than 20 people are not held indoors or outdoors. The strong recommendation for people over the age of 15 to use facemasks on public places and transport. The Social and Healthcare Committee has acted as an authority in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act when making its decisions.

The number of coronavirus infections in Vaasa increased by 150 percent over the weekend. Infections and exposures are currently affecting young adult students.

– However, there is a risk that infections and exposures during leisure time will also more extensively reach residents of other age groups as well as staff working in social welfare and healthcare services. In this way, infections spread to hospitals, healthcare centres and enhanced sheltered housing units for the elderly and their risk groups, says infectious disease physician, Heikki Kaukoranta.

The City of Vaasa’s Social and Healthcare Committee has acted as an authority in accordance with the Communicable Diseases Act when, on 5 October 2020, it decided on the following measures:

  • All gatherings and public events of more than 50 people in the Vaasa city area are prohibited in accordance with section 58 of the Communicable Diseases Act until 25 October, 2020.
  • For team sports and competitions in team sports, a strong recommendation is given to postpone activities until 25 October, 2020.
  • A strong recommendation is given that gatherings of more than 20 people are not arranged indoors or outdoors. The recommendation is valid until 25 October, 2020.
  • A strong recommendation is given that over 15-year-old travellers on public transport use facemasks. The recommendation is valid until further notice.

Yesterday, Vaasa Hospital District issued instructions to the population in the healthcare district on how to avoid coronavirus infection and reduce the epidemic. The Social and Healthcare Committee has made specific strong recommendations based on the Communicable Diseases Act.

The effects of the Social and Healthcare Committee’s decisions are seen in the following services

General education and other studies

  • Upper secondary and vocational education (upper-secondary schools and Vamia) will switch to distance learning during Weeks 41-42 (Week 42 autumn break)
  • Years 4–6 and all schools with Years 7–9 in basic education in Vaasa will switch to distance learning from Monday 12 October. Years 7-9 in schools will continue with distance learning until 25 October and Years 4-6 will continue until Monday 19 October. After these dates, the situation will be reassessed.
  • General education staff will wear facemasks.

Early childhood education

  • It is recommended that a guardian wears a facemask whenever a child is dropped off or picked up from inside an early childhood education centre.
  • Early childhood education staff wear facemasks as recommended if the work situation allows it.
  • A quarantined guardian cannot bring their child to an early childhood education centre themselves.
  • The operations of open daycare centres will be reduced between 8 October and 25 October. Only clubs in open daycare centres are open during that time.

Library, Cultural Services and Museums

  • Author visits in October (including Paula Nivukoski and Panu Rajala) are cancelled.
  • LittFest is preparing to move everything to the web, i.e. all presentations will be streamed (it was previously announced that only some presentations will be streamed).
  • No guided tours are being organised at the City of Vaasa museums for the time being. Events; Artist talks (17th and 24th October), panel discussion (24th October) and student event (7th October) are cancelled.
  • The museums and libraries of the City of Vaasa are open normally. Visitors will be informed of mask recommendations and access will be restricted if there are large numbers of visitors.

City of Vaasa Sports Services

  • Group exercise classes, water aerobics and family exercise sessions are suspended from Weeks 41–43 due to the deteriorating coronavirus situation
  • Groups do not meet and family exercise sessions are not held from 5 October to 25 October.
  • Action sports clubs in primary schools are also suspended. School camps planned for the autumn holidays have also been cancelled.
  • The Vaasa Swimming Hall is open normally. Customers will be informed of mask recommendations and entry will be restricted if there are large numbers of visitors.

Vaasan kaupunginteatteri (Vaasa City Theatre)

  • Vaasan kaupunginteatteri has cancelled shows until 25 October, 2020. Take contact if you have reserved or bought tickets. Vaasan kaupunginteatteri.
  • Rakkaus?! IIK! KÄÄK! YÄK – children’s show was scheduled to premiere on 22 October. The premiere will now be postponed due to the committee’s decision. The new premiere date is 28 October.
  • The next performance for The Sound of Music and Kissani Jugoslavia will take place on 30 October.
  • The theatre ticket sales office should be contacted as soon as possible by anyone who has booked or purchased tickets for cancelled performances.

Vaasa City Orchestra

  • The performances of the Vaasa City Orchestra have been cancelled until 25 October.

TaiKon and Kuula-opisto (basic art education)

  • TaiKons teaching is going on.
  • Teachers use facemasks. A strong recommendation is given that over 15-year-old use facemasks.
  • Dance classes at the Kuula-opisto and Taikon will continue. The participants are mainly under 15-years-old and the groups are clearly groups of less than 20 members (e.g. Kuula ballet classes are about 10 students). In Taikon, large groups are divided in half.

Youth services

  • Youth centres are open normally, but a visitor limit of 20 people applies.
  • The Skate Hall is divided into areas for different age groups during the opening hours of the hall. The number of visitors is limited to 20 people/age group.
  • Café Kultsa youth cafe is open normally, max 20 customers at the same time.
  • Club activities for youth services are suspended until 25 October.

Evening courses

  • Vaasa-opisto and Vasa Arbis dance and fitness courses, as well as choir and wind orchestras, are suspended from 6 October to 25 October.
  • There is a mask recommendation for visitors, and teaching groups are divided into smaller groups if necessary.

We will update the information on this page as needed. Major changes will be announced separately.

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Published: 06.10.2020