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On the 17th of June, 2020, the Finnish Government agreed to ease the restrictions as follows:

The Government recommends that as of 1 August 2020, if the development of the epidemic continues in the current direction without any significant setbacks, events with more than 500 persons may be organised in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Event organisers must ensure the safety of attendees by following the guidelines from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Ministry of Education and Culture concerning safe distances, hygiene practices and limiting the number of visitors, if necessary by dividing activities into smaller sections.

As a final dismantling measure, if the development of the epidemic continues without any significant setbacks, the restrictions on gatherings may be lifted altogether as of 1 October 2020, in which case all indoor and outdoor events would be permitted without restrictions on the number of attendees. The Government recommends that event organisers themselves continue to ensure compliance with the above-mentioned guidelines.

The Government will regularly review the guidelines for public events and public meetings based on the current situation and impact assessment at the national and regional level. If the development of the epidemic takes an unfavourable turn and if the assessment so requires, the plan for lifting the restrictions will be reviewed.

The restrictions will remain in force until the end of July in line with the previous decisions of the Regional State Administrative Agency. Indoor and outdoor public events and public meetings with fewer than 50 attendees are allowed. Internal and outdoor events with more than 50 but fewer than 500 attendees are permitted, provided that safety can be ensured by promoting good hygiene practices, maintaining safe distances and limiting the number of visitors. Outdoor events with more than 500 attendees are allowed with special separation arrangements.

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