On 29 December 2021, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwestern Finland decided on new regulations that restrict the provision of recreation services. The City of Turku’s indoor sports facilities and swimming pools are closed from 1 January 2022 to 15 January 2022.
Supervised recreational and competitive activities for children and young people under 18 years of age will continue as usual without an audience (those born in 2004 and younger). Indoor sports facilities also allow the practices of top athletes born in 2003 and older (team athletes of the two highest league levels and Finnish championship level athletes) and the matches, competitions and tournaments of top-level sports that are organised without an audience. Top athletes must be prepared to present an identity document. School teaching will continue to take place at sports facilities normally during the restrictions. For example, swimming instruction will be arranged, and teachers may continue to book time slots for schoolchildren under 18 years of age.
Therapy and rehabilitation prescribed by a physician is permitted under the supervision of a professional. The person or organisation that reserves a time slot in the City of Turku's sports facilities must make a health security plan.
The restrictions also apply to public events and gatherings. The Epiphany skating event on 6 January has been cancelled. Public skating in the Parkki field and Children's wonderland events, among other things, are not organised during the restrictions. Children's swimming schools organised by the City of Turku will be organised normally as of 8 January, but baby swimming lessons will be cancelled.
Sports facilities are open according to normal opening hours on Thursday, 30 December and Friday, 31 December. The COVID-19 passport cannot be used to circumvent the restrictions as of 30 December. All persons over 15 years of age are required to wear a face mask in all indoor facilities at all times other than during exercise, and special attention should be paid to hand hygiene and safe distances. A face mask is also recommended in crowded outdoor facilities. Persons that are sick, have flu symptoms or are in quarantine must not go to sports facilities.
The validity period of season wristbands of the City of Turku indoor sports facilities’ customers will be extended for the duration the facilities are closed. Unused time resulting from the facilities being closed will be refunded to the wristband. Unused time will not be refunded as money.
Outdoor sports facilities are open
Now is the time to enjoy outdoor sports, as the outdoor sports facilities of the City of Turku are open to everyone. Due to the regulations, the dressing rooms are closed, and additional benches for putting on skates are added to outdoor ice rinks. However, it is important to maintain sufficient safe distances, ensure safe movement and avoid crowded places in outdoor facilities. Ski and skates rental services are open as usual, but customer visits are restricted. The ski rental service will have additional opening hours during the first week of January.