Coronavirus instructions in different languages
Latest update: 5 January 2021
We have compiled brief coronavirus instructions and information about the effects on the city’s operations in different languages.
Brief coronavirus instructions and information
COVID-19 restrictions in force in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa from 30 November 2020 to 31 January 2021
- All indoor hobby activities will be suspended. The outdoor hobby activities of people over the age of 20 will also be suspended.
- All indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings are prohibited.
- Close face-to-face contact should only be had with people living in the same household. Other private events or family celebrations are currently not recommended.
- All customer premises open to the public will be closed. This means, for example, all indoor sports facilities, culture houses, museums and youth facilities in the cities. The activities of adult education centres will be suspended.
Coronavirus testing and assessment of symptoms
COVID-19 testing is available to anyone with symptoms that suggest they may have contracted COVID-19.
- You can book a test for yourself in Coronabot, koronabotti.hus.fi/en.
- Alternatively, you can call Espoo’s COVID-19 hotline, 09 816 346 00 (Mon–Fri 7:00–18:00, Sat–Sun 9:00–15:00). At other times, call the Medical Helpline, tel. 116 117.
Wear a face mask
- in all leisure facilities, public transport, public spaces, public events, hobbies, shops and services
- in indoor sports facilities, other than during sports activities
- at lower secondary schools, upper secondary and higher education institutions
- at youth centres
- at day-care centres when bringing and picking up children
- in workplaces in all encounters and when moving from one place to another. The recommendation applies to both private and public sector workplaces.
The city distributes free face masks to those who are unable to buy them. Other Espoo residents are to acquire their masks themselves.
Face masks for people of limited means are distributed at social welfare offices and organisations’ offices:
Hyvä Arki association, Siltakuja 3 B, Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00
Manna-Apu association, Tuomarilantie 19, Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00
Espoo Social Services Office, Komentajankatu 5 C, Mon–Fri 9:00–15:00
Raitin Pysäkki, Konstaapelinkatu 1 A, Mon–Fri 10:00–14:00
Espoo Immigrant Services, Pyyntitie 3, Mon–Fri 9:00–15:00
Espoon Ankkuri, Matinkartanontie 16 B, Mon–Fri 9:00–14:00
Do not gather in large numbers
Do not gather in large numbers – COVID-19 has spread at parties, gatherings of friends and shopping centres. Currently, private events are not recommended.
Instructions for home quarantined persons
Quarantine instructions in Finnish, Swedish and English: espoo.fi/karanteeniohjeet
Only visit a health centre if you have an appointment
The appointment booking number of Espoo’s health centres in other matters, tel. 09 816 34500 Mon–Fri 7:00–18:00.
Download the Koronavilkku app on your phone
The app helps find people who may be infected with COVID-19. If you are diagnosed with an infection, you can report it anonymously on the app. The app also notifies you in case you have been in contact with an infected person.
Koronavilkku is safe to use. The Koronavilkku app is provided by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and it works in Finland.
You can download the app free of charge at Koronavilkku.fi/en. The app is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. (InfoFinland.fi)
Early childhood education
Day-care centres are open. You are only allowed to go to a day-care centre if you are in good health. We ask you, guardians, to avoid staying inside the day-care centre in order to reduce exposure. Children cannot, for the time being, bring their own toys to the day-care centre.
Please wear a mask when you bring or pick up your child.
Upper secondary education
Upper secondary education (upper secondary schools, vocational education and training institutions) is being transferred to distance learning. The needs for indispensable contact teaching will be met.
From 30 November 2020 to 31 January 2021, libraries offer a limited service, which includes:
- Collecting materials from the reservation shelf.
- Necessary, fast transactions on client computers.
- The preferred service method is advance booking and self-service using the automatic borrowing machine.
- If necessary, assistance and advice is available at the service desk.
- Wear a mask.
- Espoonlahti, Leppävaara and Tapiola Service Points are closed.
- Espoon keskus, Kalajärvi and Matinkylä Service Points remain open.
- Handle matters remotely, if possible.
Further instructions for Espoo residents: www.espoo.fi/coronavirus. You can also find a smartbot on the city’s website at espoo.fi. You can ask the smartbot questions about the coronavirus in more than 100 languages.
Other websites with information about the coronavirus and symptoms in different languages
Kela’s telephone service in Arabic, Somali and Russian
The service is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00.
- Arabic 020 6344 902
- Somali 020 6344 905
- Russian 020 6344 901