Celebrate the end of the school year and the summer holidays in a safe way

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2021-06-03 15:56

Schools’ spring celebrations and summer holidays are just around the corner, but as the coronavirus is still among us, we should all celebrate in a safe way, avoiding large crowds. If you are having a party, you should follow the current recommendations on the number of people at private events and other instructions for the safe organisation of events. 

“As the summer holidays begin, you should plan fun activities with those closest to you and keep in touch with a larger group of friends through social media,” says Chief Inspector Hannu Väänänen from the Western Uusimaa Police Department. 

The best way to celebrate is by staying sober. If young people go out with friends, they should keep in touch with their parents through the evening to let them know they are fine. Parents should also keep themselves available, just in case their child ends up in the care of the police, for example.

Parents, discuss the risks with your children 

Authorities still recommend that people avoid large gatherings because of the coronavirus situation, as they make it difficult to ensure safe distances and follow hygiene guidelines.  

“Parents should discuss this with their children, as we have already seen some mass gatherings, especially in good weather,” says City of Espoo’s Chief Security Officer Petri Häkkinen

The Länsi-Uusimaa Rescue Department also reminds parents to take account of the forest fire warnings and discuss the risks of campfires and disposable grills with young people. 

Schools’ spring celebrations  

Schools can organise remote spring celebrations and smaller celebrations at school for pupils in the same class or group. The celebrations will be held in compliance with the safety guidelines related to contact teaching.  

General upper secondary schools will organise graduation ceremonies, but without an audience. Instead, the ceremonies will be streamed online to be viewed at home. Unfortunately, family members and other guests cannot attend the ceremonies in person due to the coronavirus situation. 

The City of Espoo’s Education and Cultural Services would like to congratulate all the pupils finishing their basic education as well as all the students graduating from upper secondary schools!

Spring and summer graduation parties held at home or on other private premises should primarily be organised outdoors. If you are having a party, you should follow the current recommendations on the number of people at private events and other instructions for the safe organisation of events. As of 1 June 2021, it is recommended that private events be limited to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare has published instructions regarding summer celebrations.  

Much like last year, there will again be a live stream event to celebrate the end of the school year. The main performer of the 182 km Apart – Summer Edition event is the energetic pop artist Tuure Boelius. The event, jointly organised by the cities of Espoo and Tampere, starts at 19:00 on Saturday 5 June 2021 and can be viewed at youtube.com/nuortentamperefi

Read more about schools’ spring celebrations. (In Finnish)   

Read also about the fun summer activities available to children, young people and families.