Coronavirus - current information and instructions
Changes to the services of the City of Kaarina due to the coronavirus situation.
Changes in our services
The City of Kaarina is actively following the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We have taken anticipatory measures to ensure the safety of our population.
The information in this release will be updated as necessary. Otherwise, our units will continue operating as usual for the time being.
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Early childhood and general education
At the schools of basic education within the City of Kaarina, the spring term starts with contact teaching. Kaarina Upper Secondary School (Kaarinan lukio) continues with partial distance learning.
In the schools of basic education within the City of Kaarina, the first day of the spring term is Thursday, 7 January 2021. The spring term starts with contact teaching. The development of the COVID-19 situation will be continually monitored and, if necessary, exceptional teaching arrangements are taken into use, including partial distance learning. Information about possible changes will be provided through Wilma.
For secondary school students and staff members, the recommendation to wear a face mask during lessons is valid from the start of the spring term. The face mask recommendation also applies to school transportations. In addition, the three principal rules shall be obeyed: taking care of proper hand hygiene, keeping safe distances, and attending school only when healthy.
Kaarina Upper Secondary School
Kaarina Upper Secondary School (Kaarinan lukio) begins the spring term on Monday, 11 January 2021. A hybrid model is applied to the instruction: the students are divided in groups that take alternately part in distance learning and contact teaching. The arrangements are planned and communicated to the students and staff members during week 1 through Wilma.
Particular attention shall be paid to the recommendation to wear a face mask as applicable to the students and staff members from the start of the spring term. In addition, the three principal rules shall be obeyed: taking care of proper hand hygiene, keeping safe distances, and attending school only when healthy. By wearing a mask and observing the hygiene instructions we can safeguard everyone’s health and ensure the smooth progress of the matriculation examinations.
Early childhood education
The guardians of children in early childhood education and preschool education will be informed of the details via Wilma and email.
All early childhood education facilities are open, and the preschool education provided by them is in operation.
The schools will keep guardians informed via Wilma. Within early childhood education, information will be provided through the usual channels (Wilma, email and phone).
- Principal of the particular educational unit (in matters related to your child’s school)
- Manager of the particular early childhood education unit; family day care managers (in matters related to your child’s day care)
- Head principal (acting), Emmi Virtanen, tel. 050 471 0874
- Director of early childhood education, Päivi Kemppainen, tel. 050 373 2524
- Director of education, Elina Heikkilä, tel. 050 373 2568
Leisure and cultural services
Libraries and Kaarina-talo
Library services are limited to ensure the safety of customers and staff members. The use of a face mask is recommended at libraries. Please remember to observe safe distances and proper hygiene as well.
We recommend only brief visits to the libraries for all customers. If necessary, we can limit the number of customers on the premises.
More information about the services and opening hours of the libraries is available here (in Finnish).
Premises at Kaarina-talo are not available for reservation during the period from 14 December 2020 to 24 January 2021. Information related to Kaarina-talo will be updated on Kaarina-talo’s own pages (in Finnish).
For further information, please contact Ritva Nurminoro, Director of cultural and library services, tel. 050 373 2742
Citizen Service Points
Citizen service point Fiskari in Kaarina-talo is open Mon from 9 am to 7 pm, and Tue-Fri 9 am to 4 pm.
1.11.2020-26.2.2021 Citizen service point at Piikkiö Library is open Mon - Fri from 10 am to 2 pm. Citizen service point at Piikkiö Library is open Mon from 12 noon to 7 pm, and Tue - Fri from 10 am to 4 pm.
Events and activities
Public events provided by the City of Kaarina are mostly cancelled or arranged online from 14 December 2020 to 10 February 2021. The online event calendar shows the manner of arrangement or possible cancellation for each event.
The City of Kaarina will arrange and contribute to events and activities on a case by case basis and in compliance with the currently valid recommendations.
All cultural events of the City of Kaarina will be arranged with due consideration for safe distances in terms of seating and programme. Please do not take part in any event if you have even the slightest flu symptoms.
Adult Education Centre
The spring term of the Adult Education Centre (Kansalaisopisto) begins on Monday, 11 January 2021, but only for the courses intended for children and youth. Other activities will be resumed at the start of February.
All relevant instructions issued by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Regional State Administrative Office (AVI) will be observed.
We have made and will continue to make any arrangements necessary to prevent the spreading of the virus for our part. Particular attention is paid to the cleaning and hand hygiene in our educational facilities, and we have also limited the number of participants in courses. If necessary, teaching methods will be adjusted. These measures will help us to provide safe facilities and practices to meet the needs of different courses.
We hope all our course participants observe proper hand hygiene and only attend classes when healthy.
For further information, please contact Risto Jaakola, Principal, tel. 050 373 2516.
Sports and physical activities
Community swimming pool and the Kuntokoulu gym
The community swimming pool and the Kuntokoulu gym will be temporarily closed from 14 December 2020 to 24 January 2021.
No baby swimming is arranged.
The following activities are permitted in the community swimming pool, provided that the gathering restrictions issued by the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) are observed:
- Swimming instruction for school students, evening swimming schools and the training arranged by the swimming club for junior swimmers (under 20 years) continue.
- Children and adults receiving physiotherapy may use the physiotherapy pool.
Gyms and indoor exercise groups
All gyms will be temporarily closed from 14 December 2020 to 24 January 2021.
In the indoor sports facilities, all guided groups for adults arranged by the City of Kaarina are cancelled.
Children’s events (Lasten Lystikkäät, Mini-Lasten Lystikkäät) are cancelled.
Other sports facilities
- Training sessions for junior athletes (under 20 years) may continue, provided that the regional and national instructions are observed.
- The Littoinen Community Centre, Vapari, as well as Piikkiö Sports Hall will be temporarily closed from 14 December 2020 to 24 January 2021.
- The service buildings of the Central Sports Park of Kaarina (Keskusliikuntapuisto) and the Littoinen sports field will be temporarily closed.
- The Hovirinta seaside sauna is closed for use by ice swimmers.
Training sessions for juniors (under 20 years) shall be implemented with safe distances and without close contacts. This means, for example, avoidance of close contact exercises in team sports training, gymnastics and martial arts. Outdoor facilities can also be utilised for training.
Recreational, sports and competitive activities
It is advisable not to arrange any such sports events or competitions that involve participation across the regional borders of Southwest Finland. This recommendation concerns all age groups and all individual or team sports and competition events both in indoor and outdoor facilities.
The recommendation does not, however, concern training and competition events of Finnish national teams or at the Finnish Championship or 1st division levels.
This recommendation is valid as of 28 November 2020 until further notice.
- Sports Services manager, Tapio Svärd, tel. 050 373 2434
- Landscape manager, Ossi Vesalainen, tel. 050 373 2414
Youth facilities and clubs are open. You may attend youth clubs only when healthy. If you have even the slightest symptoms suggesting a coronavirus infection, you must stay home and go to a test.
At youth facilities, wearing a face mask and observing safe distances is recommended. Wash or sanitize your hands upon entry.
If necessary, youth workers may limit the number of people on the premises in order to maintain safe distances. No food shall be prepared in the youth facilities, and no excursions are arranged.
Vuolahti camping area will be temporarily closed from 14 December 2020 to 24 January 2021. Any reservations made for this period will be cancelled.
In Harvaluoto, the sauna will be closed between 14 December 2020 and 24 January 2021.
For further information, please contact Risto Jaakola, Principal, tel. 050 373 2516.
Participation and decision-making
The City Board has recommended that virtual meetings be continued for the time being. The chair of each particular administrative body shall decide on the method of meeting and decision-making and state it in the summons. If administrative bodies meet face to face, sufficient safety distances in the meeting room as well as proper hand and coughing hygiene must be ensured.
- Administrative Specialist Juuso Alatalo, tel. 050 310 0092
- Mayor Harri Virta, tel. 050 3732 400
Registrar office and City offices
Any documents addressed to the registrar office of the City of Kaarina should be delivered to the citizen service centres during their opening hours. It is also possible to send documents to the registrar office by mail (addressed to PL 12, 20781 Kaarina) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Data service requests to the archives of the City of Kaarina should primarily be sent via mail or e-mail. The provision of documents for viewing is restricted for the time being. To contact the City archives, please send an e-mail to kaupunginarkisto(at)kaarina.fi.
Administrative Specialist Juuso Alatalo, tel. 050 310 0092.
Housing and environment
Building control and environmental protection
Changes due to the coronavirus situation
The Building Control Office is closed for customers due to the coronavirus situation. You can contact us by phone or email. To submit a building permit application for processing, please insert the application and related materials through the letter box on the Office door during the office hours, or hand in the materials to the citizen service points in Kaarina-talo (Fiskari) or at Piikkiö Library.
The processing of building permits is congested, and the processing times are significantly longer than normally.
Surveys are carried out with certain limitations, and the surveyor must be allowed to keep a safe distance from other attendees.
Possibilities to view documents requested from the archives are limited.
The Environmental Protection Office is closed for customers. Customer service is available by phone or email from 9 am to 3 pm.
- The community centre Pontela and its gym will be temporarily closed from 14 December 2020 to 24 January 2021. For further information, please contact Sinikka Sinervuo-Koskinen, Director of finance, tel. 050 373 9116.
- Bus timetables and other information on Föli are found at the Föli website.