Gov’t lifts state of emergency in Finland, further relaxing coronavirus restrictions – YLE News



Pääministeri Sanna Marin ja oikeusministeri Anna-Maja Henriksson hallituksen tiedotustilaisuudessa Helsingissä 15. kesäkuuta.
Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson and Prime Minister Sanna Marin at the press conference on Monday.

Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

Government announced it is lifting use of Emergency Powers Act, which was implemented in mid-March to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Finland will now return to normal conditions, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said at a press conference in Helsinki on Monday.

“Based on the epidemiological and legal assessments we received, it can be stated that the conditions no longer exist for the emergency measures to be in use. The Emergency Powers Act and its implementing regulations will be revoked,” Marin said.

However, the PM underscored that the danger of infection is not over in Finland quite yet.

“The end of the emergency act does not mean the threat of the epidemic is over. It is good for everyone to exercise care and caution in their everyday lives and to take care of their own and their fellow human being’s health,” Marin said.

Marin said before the government talks on Monday that she has had a discussion with Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö on the issue.

The government, along with Niinistö, stated in mid-March that Finland was under a state of emergency.

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