How to prevent the new coronavirus?

Protect yourself and your family from coronavirus 


Reduce the infection risk by good hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap often and carefully.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if washing your hands is not an option.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cough and sneeze into either your sleeve or a disposable tissue. Put the used tissue in the rubbish bin immediately.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.
  • See instructions: Hand washing and coughing


Avoid close contact with others

  • Do not shake hands.
  • Stay one to two metres away from other people at all times.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Please, do not spend more time than necessary in our public indoor places, like libraries and swimming halls.
  • Work remotely, if possible.


Get tested if you suspect you’re infected with the coronavirus


Use a face mask

  • City of Oulu recommends using a mask in all indoor places and events because of Covid-19.
  • On public transport where close contacts cannot always be avoided. 
  • Persons travelling to a COVID-19 testing facility and awaiting the test results, if it is necessary for them to move outside the home.
  • Passengers arriving in Finland from a high-risk area while moving from the point of entry to the place of quarantine or if it is necessary to move outside the home during the quarantine. 
  • The face mask can also be used according to the recommendation of the regional authority in other settings where it is not possible to avoid close contact. 
  • See more instructions for using a face mask (Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare)
  • You don´t need to use a face mask when exercising, even in our indoor sport halls. Also you don´t need to use a face mask, if you are under 15 years old or have health problems, which prevents you to use a face mask


Protect your loved ones

  • Do not visit an elderly person or someone belonging in a risk group if you have even minor symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Keep in touch by phone or online, or meet your family and friends outdoors, for exampleWhen visiting an elderly person or someone belonging in a risk group avoid shaking hands, hugging or other unnecessary close contact
  • cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue if no mask is available
  • take care of good hand hygiene before and after your visit and after touching door handles, for example
  • avoid long visits
  • Read more: Elderly persons and other risk groups – coronavirus instructions (THL)


Avoid travelling abroad


See Coronavirus COVID-19 – Latest Updates (THL)


This page was updated November 27, 2020.