Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 3rd of Decem­ber 2020

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group has a meet­ing on Mon­days, Thurs­days and when need­ed and it updates the sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture. The pre­pared­ness is in accor­dance with plan.

Three new coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed in Soite’s area. The infec­tions are con­nect­ed to a known chain of infec­tions and all of the infect­ed per­sons were already in quarantine.

Two per­sons who have been infect­ed with the coro­n­avirus are cared for at the Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Cen­tral Hospital.

Over­all, 141 coro­n­avirus infec­tions have now been con­firmed in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia hos­pi­tal dis­trict dur­ing the whole pandemic.

The COVID-19 region­al group of author­i­ties in Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia had an extra meet­ing on Thurs­day 3rd of Decem­ber 2020 in order to spec­i­fy the rec­om­men­da­tions for Soite’s area in accor­dance with instruc­tions giv­en by the Min­istry of Social Affairs and Health on the 2nd of Decem­ber 2020. The most cen­tral spec­i­fi­ca­tions in the rec­om­men­da­tions are as follows:

Rec­om­men­da­tions on gatherings:

  • it is recommended that public gatherings of over ten persons are not arranged


  • It is recommended that hobbies are moved outdoors or arranged remotely if possible.
  • Hobbies for children and youths may continue in groups of under 20 persons, but social distances must be maintained and hygiene practises followed. It is recommended that games, tournaments and performances are arranged without an audience (e.g. streaming). It is recommended that hobbies for children and youths are arranged outdoors.
  • It is recommended that the teaching at workers’ institutes and adult education centres and in basic education in the arts that takes place indoors is concluded for this season or is arranged remotely.

Pub­lic spaces that the munic­i­pal­i­ties maintain:

  • It is recommended that swimming halls, spas and public saunas are closed.
  • Arranging other sports than team sports can be made possible in sportshalls if safety precautions are followed. 
  • Youth spaces can be kept open with special arrangements.
  • It is recommended that libraries only lend books and do not arrange other functions (library busses, spaces to read newspapers, visits by authors, book circles etc. are put on hold)

Rec­om­men­da­tions for edu­ca­tion­al institutions:

  • Upper secondary institutions continue for now with contact education, but safety instructions concering the coronavirus are followed carefully and a strong recommendation on the use of face masks is in effect in upper secondary institutions.

All the updat­ed reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions for Soite’s area for the accel­er­a­tion stage con­cer­ing the COVID-19 epi­dem­ic are found on

The coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion leads to changes in Soite for the peri­od 3.12 — 23.12.2020:

  • The number of participants is limited in all group activities: about ten persons are allowed in the same space at one time. The size of the group must be smaller if the space limits the activities.
  • Day activities in psychiatry and day activities for the elderly: limited only to persons who according to assessment are in most need of support.
  • Koivutupa: open functions that does not require signing up is put on hold (in addition to that there a Christmas break 21 - 27.12.2020).
  • The activity centres in services for the disabled: persons who live at home and persons who live in housing services are kept separate. Work and day activities are arranged in the housing services units for persons who live in housing services. Applies until the Christmas break, which starts on the 23rd of December 2020.
  • Green Care services: continue as before, but meals etc. are arranged separately for persons who live at home and for persons who live in housing services

Restric­tions on vis­its in hous­ing ser­vices 3.12 — 21.12.2020:

  • relations/close people may visit but safety precautions must be followed in accordance with instructions from the unit
  • other visits are prohibited

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