Instructions for coronavirus

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Things to remember during the pandemic

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap or, if necessary, hand sanitiser.

  • Cough or sneeze in a tissue or your sleeve.

  • Do not go out among other people if you have any symptoms.

  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from others. Remember the safety distance (1–2 metres).

  • Avoid public spaces and touching surfaces (e.g. escalator rails) away from home. Infection spreads easily from places where many people visit.

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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:

Espoon keskus

  • Hyvä Arki association, Siltakuja 3 B, Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00

  • Manna-Apu association, Tuomarilantie 19, Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00

Espoonlahti

  • Kivenkolo, Merisaapas 1 A, Mon–Fri 9:00–11:30 and 13:30–14:00

Leppävaara

  • Espoo Social Services Office, Komentajankatu 5 C, Mon–Fri 9:00–15:00

  • Raitin Pysäkki, Konstaapelinkatu 1 A, Mon–Fri 10:00–14:00

Matinkylä

  • Espoo Immigrant Services, Pyyntitie 3, Mon–Fri 9:00–15:00

  • Espoon Ankkuri, Matinkartanontie 16 B, Mon–Fri 9:00–14:00

Northern Espoo

  • Kalajärvi Service Centre, Ruskaniitty 4, Mon–Thu 13:00–15:30

Tapiola

  • EJYn Kansalaistoiminnankeskus, Kauppamiehentie 6, Mon–Fri 10:00–15:00

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Limit your contact with other people

  • Do not gather in large numbers – COVID-19 has spread at parties, gatherings of friends and shopping centres. Currently, private events are not recommended. 

  • All indoor and outdoor public events and general meetings are prohibited. 

  • All customer premises open to the public are closed. This means, for example, all indoor sports facilities, culture houses, museums and youth facilities in the cities. The activities of adult education centres are suspended.

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Get tested for COVID-19

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. 

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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. 

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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)

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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.

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Upper comprehensive schools and secondary education

Pupils of upper comprehensive schools and secondary education (general upper secondary schools and vocational institutions) will return to contact teaching from 3 May 2021.

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Libraries

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.

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Hobby activities

  • Indoor and outdoor activities managed by the cities are organised only for those born in 2001 and younger. 

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Customer service

  • Espoonlahti, Leppävaara and Tapiola Service Points are closed.
  • Espoon keskus, Kalajärvi and Matinkylä Service Points remain open.
  • Handle matters remotely, if possible.

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Travelling

  • Avoid unnecessary travel. Travel only if you really have to.
  • You can only come to Finland for necessary and justified reasons. Necessary reasons may include studying, family or work.
  • The Finnish Border Guard decides whether the passenger can enter Finland.

You can always return to Finland from abroad if you are

  • a Finnish citizen
  • a family member of a Finnish citizen.

When you arrive in Finland, the authorities will ask you about a corona test. 

  • If you have been tested for coronavirus less than three days earlier, you can show the certificate of the test to the authorities.
  • If you haven't taken a corona test, you will be referred to the test.
  • You don't need to go to a corona test if you have had a coronavirus infection less than six months earlier. In that case, show a certificate of illness to the authority.

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Follow the quarantine instructions

  • Follow the instructions you are given if you are waiting for your coronavirus test appointment or your test results or have been exposed to COVID-19. Quarantine instructions in Finnish, Swedish and English: espoo.fi/karanteeniohjeet  
  • Violation of a quarantine order issued by infectious disease authorities is subject to a penalty.

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. 

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Other websites with information about the coronavirus and symptoms in different languages

Follow news in English Yle: News in English

Important information about the coronavirus for parents and families (pdf, 88 Kt)

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