The Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland has prohibited all indoor public events in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area for a period of three weeks from 28 December to 17 January. Due to these restrictions, Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre has had to reschedule events planned for January, but says it will continue to prepare the rest of the spring programme as planned, with strong health and safety practices.
Messukeskus had intended to organise several professional and public events in January 2022, including Real Estate and FinnSec (12-13 January), Matka Nordic Travel Fair (20-23 January), Caravan (21-23 January) and Educa (28-29 January). Organisers are hoping to reschedule the events to a later date.
“The constantly changing situation with its restrictions is challenging both for us and for our customers, as the planning span of a fair is long,” said Anni Vepsäläinen, CEO of Messukeskus. “We want to act responsibly and ensure that our customers have the opportunity to prepare fully for the fair. We will now focus on preparing for the other events of the spring season. Distribution of third vaccine doses is accelerating and the reform of the Covid-19 passport is proceeding. We expect that these factors will bring much-needed stability to the organisation of events.”
One of the halls at Messukeskus will once more be used as a Covid-19 vaccination area in January, as Helsinki accelerates the pace of the city’s vaccination programme.