Covid passport extensively required by the City of Espoo at public events and some customer premises
As of 4 December 2021, the City of Espoo has largely required a Covid passport of customers using cultural services. As of 8 December 2021, the Covid passport will be required also in the sports services. We will check Covid passports at all public events with more than 20 participants. A Covid passport is also required of everyone who visits the City Museum’s units, the Exhibition Centre Weegee and Espoo’s swimming pools. Exercise groups with more than 20 participants also require a Covid passport.
Everyone aged 16 or over must show their Covid passport and also their identity card. A Covid passport will be required at city events and some of our customer premises until the end of 2021.
You will be able to visit the library without a Covid passport, but you will need one to attend events arranged at a library. Events in open library premises will, as a rule, be cancelled or postponed to a safer time.
Basic education in the arts and other recreational activities will be organised with safe distances and in compliance with general safety guidelines in order to prevent the risk of infection caused by close contact. Providers of recreational activities must organise any public events, such as Christmas performances, in compliance with the same restrictions that apply to other public events.
If the instructions are further specified, we will provide information on this to operators as soon as possible. In general, we require that clubs operating on city premises follow the instructions of the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) on their own initiative.
Read also: press release by Cultural Services
Events with more than 20 participants must require Covid passports
The extensive introduction of the Covid passport is based on the decision taken by the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland (AVI) on 2 December 2021, which prohibits indoor public events and general meetings with more than 20 participants in Uusimaa.
However, organisers can avoid these restrictions by requiring participants to show their Covid passport. Therefore, we will require Covid passports rather than introduce new restrictions in all city services where this is possible.
In addition, AVI requires that operators in charge of customer and public premises arrange the use of the premises in such a way as to prevent the risk of infection caused by close contact between customers, participants and groups. In practice, this means that the operator can, for example, restrict the number of customers, stagger participation, and/or rearrange the premises or customer seating.
For example, at Espoo’s Service Points and Service Centres we will prevent close contact by rearranging customer premises and, if necessary, staggering the flow of customers.
A Covid passport is not required by everyday services
The Covid passport cannot be required by premises that are essential for normal life or legal rights. For this reason, Espoo’s libraries and youth services, for example, will not require a Covid passport.
However, when public events are held in these facilities, participants aged 16 or over are required to show a Covid passport. We will not restrict the participation of children aged under 16 in public events, even if the organiser requires a Covid passport of other participants.
How to download your Covid passport
You can download your Covid passport from the kanta.fi service. Do as follows:
- Log in to My Kanta Pages on the kanta.fi website using your preferred identification method, for example your online banking codes or mobile ID.
- Select “Koronatodistus” from the menu on the left-hand side. You will also find a link to the certificate section on the front page of My Kanta Pages.
- Open your certificate by clicking on the PDF link. If a certificate is available, it will open in a new tab.
- Save the PDF file on your phone or other device. That way you will have the certificate when you need it. You can also print the certificate on paper.
You can read more about the Covid passport at espoo.fi/coronavirus.