FAQ on coronavirus COVID-19 and Food Sector

The novel coronavirus primarily spreads by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Despite the large scale of the pandemic, there has been no report of transmission of COVID-19 via consumption of food to date. More information: Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
Finnish institute for health and welfare 7.1.2021: Instructions for passengers and employees arriving in Finland.

3.6.2020 More information:  Regional State Administrative Agencies

Restaurants will again be allowed to serve food on their premises as from 1 June. However, provisions on restrictions concerning food and beverage service businesses will be laid down in a temporary amendment to the Communicable Diseases Act. The restrictions will not apply to staff restaurants or take-away sales of food and beverages. The act will enter into force on 1 June 2020 and it will stay in force until 31 October 2020.

In restaurants, customers must not portion out food or pour beverages for themselves elsewhere than at their own table. Restaurants continue to be able to sell take-away meals to customers and to food courier service providers from their premises.


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