Feb 2, 2022 Jack Phillips
Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the country will be lifting all COVID-19 restrictions by mid-February, coming as several European countries have moved to ease pandemic rules in recent days.
Marin told reporters Monday that some COVID-19 controls would start to ease this week, starting on Feb. 1, including restrictions on restaurants and sports facilities, according to Finnish news website YLE.
Marin said the lifting of restrictions should be done in a gradual manner, arguing the COVID-19 pandemic is still placing a “relatively high burden” on hospital resources. “That’s why I want that we give them up as soon as possible,” said during an event with reporters, as reported by the Helsinki Times.
At the same time, Finnish Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson said that COVID-19 vaccine passports are currently not justified.
“The coronavirus passport limits the basic rights of those people who haven’t got vaccinated, obtained a negative test result, or had the disease. The Coronavirus or vaccination passport isn’t well suited for use in these circumstances because its necessity and proportionality is difficult to justify right now,” Henriksson said Tuesday.
Finland is joining the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Ireland, which have all announced they will be either relaxing or scrapping COVID-19 restrictions such as mask mandates or COVID-19 vaccine passports.