strategies, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, coronavirus, recommendations and restrictive measures
The action plan of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of 7 September 2020 (Publications of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 2020:26) adopted on 7 September 2020 has guided the authorities responsible for the implementation of the Communicable Diseases Act in using the recommendations and restrictive measures in an appropriate manner with respect to the epidemiological situation. Because the global pandemic continues and the epidemic is again accelerating in Finland as well, the action plan has been updated for the period from January to May 2021.
The aim of the action plan is to prevent the spread of the virus in Finland, protect the capacity of the healthcare system and shield and protect people, especially those who are most at risk. To effectively prevent the spread of infections, the measures based on the hybrid strategy must be epidemiologically justified, proactive and sufficiently broad in scope.
The action plan supports the measures taken in the regions to prevent the spread of the epidemic. Primarily the prevention of the epidemic under the Communicable Diseases Act takes place through local and regional measures. Effective tracing of infections and targeted local and regional measures to prevent the spread of infections are also in a key position to prevent the national epidemiological situation from getting worse.
The action plan will be applied simultaneously with the post-crisis and recovery measures related to the epidemic. The epidemiological, social and economic impacts must be taken into account when using the recommendations and restrictive measures.