Friday February 26, 2021

Ski tracks, forests safest for holiday: THL

Published : 12 Feb 2021, 23:51

  DF Report

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Ski tracks, forests, and hills for sledging are some of the safest places to enjoy the upcoming skiing holiday, said the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in a press release on Friday.

The risk of being infected by coronavirus is low when exercising outdoors.

The THL recommended that winter holidaymakers get their outdoor exercise among close friends and avoid large crowds.

The authority, however, warned that there is a risk of being infected in all parts of Finland, even though there are regional differences in the incidence of the virus.

The epidemic situation is constantly fluctuating, and travel increases the risk of propagating the virus.

“This year it is worth considering the possibility of spending the skiing holiday near home, focusing on outdoor activities with people close to you”, said THL Director Mika Salminen.

Those with symptoms of coronavirus disease were advised not to take part in any holiday activities and urged to be tested immediately.

Travelling in own car is considered safe as long as people remember social distancing, hand hygiene, and use of masks at rest stops.

This year is not a good time to party at a ski resort with a large group of friends. The risk of infection is considerably reduced, if people spend holiday at a cabin or hotel with family or close friends.

“Bars, night clubs and after ski venues are risky places where maintaining social distancing might be difficult,” added Salminen.