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Protect yourself and your family from coronavirus 


If you have slight symptoms, you can book an appointment merely for a coronavirus test

  • You can book an appointment merely for a coronavirus test at Limingantulli´s coronavirus testing (open from Mondays to Sundays) or coronavirus hub (open from Mondays to Fridays). See instructions:


Recommendations and restrictions for the coronavirus epidemic in Oulu

Public events

  • Public events and general meetings with more than 10 participants will be prohibited in the Oulu city area until 14 May 2021. From 15 May 2021, the decisions made by the Regional State Administrative Agencies will be valid in Oulu.
  • According to the decisions made by Regional State Administrative Agencies, public events and general meetings of up to 20 people can be held in North Ostrobothnia if they comply with the hygiene and safety guidelines. Events for more than 20 people can be organised by following special arrangements.

Public spaces

  • Facilities for public events, such as museums and other cultural institutions, can open their doors in Oulu from 10 May 2021. It is advisable to check the exact opening date on the cultural institution's website.
  • Tietomaa can open its doors to school groups from 10 May 2021, and for other customers it can be opened from 17 May 2021.
  • Libraries can serve normally from 10 May 2021.
  • Youth Facilities of the City of Oulu was opened on 20 April 2021.
  • Northern Ostrobothnia Museum was opened  on 21 April 2021. 
  • Limited services will be available at the BusinessAsema and the service points of the city.
  • The swimming halls are open for group activities for children under the age of 18. 
    For others, the premises will remain closed until at least until 23 May 2021. This also applies to parents of children who participate in hobbies.
  • Swimming pools and gyms in City of Oulu's premises are open for older people (over 65-year-old).
  • Some of the city's sports facilities will be open for therapy and rehabilitation groups, to those coming with referral to rehabilitation, those with a sports assistant card and top athletes. The use of a swimming pool for referral-based rehabilitation requires the presence of a physiotherapist or fitness nurse.
  • Training and competition opportunities for competitive sports and professional sports will be secured. It is recommended that matches and sports events are held without an audience. Decisions in these cases are made by the regional state administrative agency.
  • Safety must be taken into account in all public spaces. The management of spaces open to the public or limited outdoor spaces shall ensure that customers and participants have access to hand cleaning and adequate safety distances. Instructions for preventing the spread of infections, such as instructions for cleaning hands, must be displayed. In addition, cleaning of premises and surfaces should be made more efficient.

Mask recommendations (primarily for over 12-year-olds)

The mask recommendation also applies to those who have received a coronavirus vaccine and those who have had coronavirus.
  • Always in public transport and other public means of transport, e.g. taxis.
  • Persons going to a coronavirus test on their way to the test and before the test result is confirmed, if there is a compelling reason to move outside their home.
  • Tourists and travellers, who have arrived in Finland from a risk area, when they proceed from the point of entry to self-quarantine, or if they have a compelling reason to move outside the home during self-quarantine.
  • For healthcare personnel in all patient work. The recommendation applies also to patients, family and relatives, students and visitors.
  • Always in public indoor spaces and public events.
  • The premises of private entrepreneurs (shops, banks, etc.)
  • Pupils at 6th grade, Middle schools, Upper secondary education institutions (including general upper secondary schools, “lukio” in Finnish) and universities
  • In places of work indoor spaces, where the use of a mask is possible.

Private events

  • It is recommended that the number of participants in private events be limited to 10 persons.
  • When organizing private events, instructions on safety distances, mask use and hygiene practices to prevent coronavirus infections are followed.
  • It is recommended to take advantage of remote meetings.

Recreational group activities

  • Outdoor sports facilities will also be opened for group leisure activities for adults from 10 May 2021. Otherwise, adult group activities have been cancelled at least until 25 May 2021
  • Associations and sports clubs are required to do the same.
  • Group hobbies for children and young people can continue for the time being.

The elderly and risk groups

  • All visits to the Oulu City Hospital are banned for the time being. Visits to housing services and care units of both the city and private actors should be avoided to the widest extent possible for the time being.

Arrangement of education

  • Contact teaching will continue at Basic education and High schools.
  • Traineeships for students at city offices and locations can continue. This is especially important for students who are graduating during the spring.  
  • If the situation so requires, the city is prepared to transfer part of the education to distance learning on a fast schedule.

Recommendation for remote working

  • Remote working is recommended to all employees to the widest possible extent.

Remote meeting practices

  • Remote meeting practices are recommended both in places of work and in leisure activity meetings as comprehensively as possible.

Restaurants, bars ans licensed premises

  • In compliance with the Government guideline


Reduce the infection risk by good hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap often and carefully.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if washing your hands is not an option.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze into either your sleeve or a disposable tissue. Put the used tissue in the rubbish bin immediately.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.
  • See instructions: Hand washing and coughing


Avoid close contact with others

  • Do not shake hands.
  • Stay over two metres away from other people 
  • Avoid large crowds.


Use a face mask


Protect your loved ones

  • Do not visit an elderly person or someone belonging in a risk group if you have even minor symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Keep in touch by phone or online, or meet your family and friends outdoors, for exampleWhen visiting an elderly person or someone belonging in a risk group avoid shaking hands, hugging or other unnecessary close contact
  • cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue if no mask is available
  • take care of good hand hygiene before and after your visit and after touching door handles, for example
  • avoid long visits
  • Read more: Elderly persons and other risk groups – coronavirus instructions (THL)


Avoid travelling abroad


See Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates (THL)


This page was updated May 12, 2021.

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