At its meeting on 26 November 2020, the coronavirus coordination group for the Helsinki metropolitan area decided on new recommendations and restrictions to curb the spread of the epidemic in the region. The new restrictions are a reaction to the threat of the epidemic spreading and social and health services becoming overburdened. These restrictions will be in force from 30 November 2020 to 10 January 2021. Temporary recommendations and restrictions may be extended if necessary. The coronavirus coordination group recommends that private operators also comply with the same restrictions.
All indoor sports facilities managed by the City of Espoo are closed. All organised indoor recreational activities have been suspended. In addition, all outdoor recreational activities for people over the age of 20 have been suspended.
We encourage everyone to spend time outdoors and children to train outdoors
Espoo’s nature, trails and neighbourhood sports areas provide excellent opportunities for outdoor activities during the restrictions. There are nine artificial ice rinks in Espoo. The Tapiola Ice Garden and the Leppävaara, Puolarmaari, Säteri, Juvanpuisto and Tapionkenttä ice rinks are already open. The ice rink in Laaksolahti will open in December. The rest of the ice rinks will be opened as soon as possible. The ice rinks will be lit longer in the evenings. Laaksolahti and Espoonlahti will have lighting until 23:00 and the other ice rinks until 22:00. You can find up-to-date information about the opening hours and condition of the ice rinks at ulkoliikunta.fi.
Even when outdoors, it is important to avoid crowds and maintain a safe distance from other people. You should also, for example, wear gloves at outdoor gyms. Changing rooms and service buildings have been closed.
The City of Espoo Sports and Exercise Services encourages clubs to hold training sessions for under 20-year-olds outdoors.
“It is important that children and young people can continue to attend sports and other recreational activities and that clubs are able to organise these activities safely. We hope that clubs continue to organise training sessions outdoors, while maintaining safe distances,” says Martti Merra, Director of Sports and Youth Services.
All training sessions for over 20-year-olds must be suspended, also outdoors. All time slots on outdoor fields for recreational activities for over 20-year-olds have been cancelled. Outdoor recreational activities for people under the age of 20 will continue based on earlier reservations. The artificial turfs will also be lit longer, and their lights will not be switched off until 22:00.
Instructed exercise videos and tips online
The city has cancelled its indoor and outdoor exercise classes, but we encourage everyone to remain active. Our website offers a wide range of tips and instructions for exercise. You can find links to videos, printable instructions and live events by our partners at espoo.fi/omatoimiliikunta (in Finnish).