The Finnish government has submitted a proposal to parliament to extend restrictions on the operation of restaurants and other catering establishments.
This was reported by Yle TV and radio company.
At first, the restrictions were introduced until the end of February, but now they are planned to remain in force until the end of June.
Restrictions on the operation of restaurants relate to the opening time and the number of seats. These rules do not apply to canteens for employees, the purchase of food and drinks to go, food outlets at gas stations, as well as meals on ferries and international aircraft.
Restrictions will be tightened in Pohyanmaa and East Savo and relaxed in the Aland Islands.
In Uusimaa, Varsinais-Suomi, Kanta-Hame, Parijat-Hame, Kymenlaakso, Pohyanmaa, and North Pohyanmaa, catering establishments can be open from 7.00 to 23.00 and offer their visitors alcoholic beverages from 7.00 to 22.00. The occupancy of drinking establishments should not exceed 50%, other restaurants are allowed to receive no more than 75% of the maximum number of visitors.
In addition, the government has begun preparing a bill that will allow, in the event of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, to increase restrictions on the work of catering establishments.