Stricter rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing gath­er­ings in Soite’s area

Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group gath­ered on Tues­day May 18th 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al pic­ture as well as the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic. Soite’s area is in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase, and thus the author­i­ty group has issued stricter region­al rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings: max 6 peo­ple indoors and  max 10 peo­ple outdoors.

The inci­dence of infec­tions dur­ing 14 days is 160/100.000 res­i­dents in the entire Soite area (sit­u­a­tion 17th of May 2021). The coro­n­avirus infec­tions are cur­rent­ly main­ly spread­ing among chil­dren and young peo­ple, who make up two thirds of the coro­n­avirus cas­es. Cir­ca 2.9 per­cent of the coro­n­avirus tests are pos­i­tive. It has been pos­si­ble to trace about 70 per­cent of the recent infec­tions on an indi­vid­ual lev­el and the place or event that served as source of the infec­tion can be traced in about 90 per­cent of the cas­es. One COVID-19 patient is cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostrobothnia’s cen­tral hospital.

Soite’s area is in the com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion phase of the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic, and so the region­al rec­om­men­da­tions have to be updat­ed to match this phase. The changes to the rec­om­men­da­tions are the following:

  • No private gatherings with more than 6 participants should be arranged indoors. The recommended number of participants at private gatherings outdoors is at most 10 people. Safety distances should be maintained even outdoors.
  • Swimming pools, spas and public saunas will be closed.
  • Youth centres, libraries and gyms run by the municipalities and similar facilities will be closed.
  • Museums and theatres may be kept open by special arrangements if the Regional State Administrative Agency’s current restrictions for social gatherings are followed.

The cur­rent region­al coro­n­avirus rec­om­men­da­tions are in effect start­ing 19th of May and until 1st of June 2021. If the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion in the area begins to calm down, it may pos­si­ble to light­en the rec­om­men­da­tions before this spring’s grad­u­a­tion par­ties. We hope that every­one care­ful­ly fol­lows the rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing social gath­er­ings and the hygiene instruc­tions regard­ing pre­ven­tion of the spread of infec­tions. It is now very impor­tant to keep the num­ber of close con­tacts to a min­i­mum and to be mind­ful of prop­er use of face masks, main­tain a safe­ty dis­tance of 2 meters and exer­cise good hand hygiene. Unnec­es­sary social gath­er­ings should be avoided!

All region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic with­in Soite’s area are list­ed on Soite’s coro­na web­site:

The region­al COVID-19 author­i­ty task group has its next meet­ing on Fri­day 21st of May 2021.

We urge every­one who has even mild symp­toms indica­tive of coro­n­avirus to quick­ly seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing. You should not go out­side your home even if you have only mild symptoms!


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