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New COVID-19 restrictions will be adopted in the City of Tampere’s services on 8–28 March 2021

Published 5.3.2021 10.50

Pirkanmaa’s Pandemic Control Group outlined new restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on 3 March 2021. The new recommendation of the Control Group will also be introduced in the City of Tampere’s services.

Winter view of Tampere on the west side of the city center.

According to the Pandemic Control Group’s guidelines, the higher grades in basic education and secondary schools will switch to remote teaching on 8–28 March 2021. In addition to the remote teaching of schoolchildren, the City of Tampere will also adopt other strict restriction measures to control the accelerating spread of COVID-19 and the more contagious variants of the virus.

Indoor sports facilities, indoor swimming pools and youth facilities

Adult recreational indoor activities are closed on 8–28 March 2021, unless the activities can be arranged remotely. Medical and corresponding rehabilitation activities as well as professional sports and national team activities, as defined by the Ministry of Education and Culture, can be carried out regardless of the lockdown.

Recreational indoor activities for children and young people, including activities in indoor ice rinks and indoor swimming pools, will continue as normal for those born in 2008 and later in compliance with the general safety instruction so that the activities take place inside the Pirkanmaa Hospital District. Recreational indoor activities for children born in 2007–2002 are closed on 8–28 March 2021 if the safety regulation of the Ministry of Education and Culture/Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare cannot be complied with. The safety instructions mention, for example, the use of masks by children aged 12 and over, use restrictions on dressing and washing rooms and keeping the same composition in groups.

Rehabilitation and corresponding activities are allowed in indoor swimming pools. Indoor swimming pools are open to swimming lessons and special swim card holders during opening hours. The schedule will be specified later and made available on the website: Indoor and outdoor swimming pools

Youth facilities will remain closed on 8–28 March 2021. Activities are carried out in closed small groups, which require advance registration. The general safety instructions, safe distances, face masks, hand hygiene and arrival only when healthy are observed in the youth facilities.

Libraries, adult education centres and cultural institutions

Open cultural adult education centres and the basic art education are closed on 8–28 March 2021, unless the teaching can be implemented remotely. Classes can be arranged for those born in 2008 or later by complying with the general safety instructions and for those born in 2007–2002 if the teaching can be implemented according to the safety instructions issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture/Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Concerning libraries, only reserved items can be picked up, items returned and computers used for a short period (15 minutes) during 8–28 March 2021. In addition, a small selection of items available for borrowing is located in the borrowing area. The collection areas and lobbies are closed. Mobile libraries will run their evening routes, but only one customer is allowed inside the vehicle at a time. All customers visiting libraries should wear a face mask unless there is a medical reason for not wearing a mask.

The Museum Centre Vapriikki, Museum Milavida, Tampere Art Museum, Moomin Museum, Sara Hildén Art Museum and Culture House Laikku are closed to the public on 8–28 March 2021. The Moomin Museum will be closed until 16 April due to an exhibition change.

The Museum Restaurant Valssi serves takeaway lunch on 8–28 March on weekdays from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cafe products on Tue–Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Vapriikki museum shop is open on Tue–Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cafe Amurin Helmi serves takeaway lunch on weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and takeaway cafe products on Mon–Fri from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gatherings restricted to six people

In the City of Tampere’s indoor facilities, all public events are subject to a maximum limit of six people on 8–28 March 2021.

An extensive face mask recommendation is complied with in the City of Tampere’s offices. The remote working recommendation is valid for all of the city’s workplaces and work tasks, where possible. Social and health care services are provided to customers as local services.

Photos Laura vanzo