COVID-19

Information about the Corona-measures in Pyhä.

Safety and guidelines in COVID-19 pandemic
Pyhä serves during restaurants closure
Pyhä Ski Resort operations during the pandemic
The Lapland tourist destination level Covid-19 risk management model
covid19safelapland.com
Enjoying outdoor fun in the National Park

When planning a holiday in Pyhä:

  • Please carefully consider if your trip is absolutely necessary. Do not travel if any symptoms like this occur: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, muscle pain, fatigue runny nose, nausea, diarrhea. Loss of the sense of smell and/or taste have also been reported as symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.
  • Make sure you follow all the rules your own region has issued. It is necessary to use face masks on all public transport and in indoor areas where safe social distancing cannot be adhered to.
  • For a couple of weeks before the beginning of your trip, try to avoid all situations where you could be exposed to the coronavirus. Situations such as these are all public gatherings where safe distancing cannot be guaranteed. For instance, bars, shopping centres and group sports and pastimes. You must also avoid these situations while you are here.
  • Only come here if you are healthy.
    If you become ill while you are here, even with the slightest of symptoms (e.g. sore throat, runny nose, cough, diarrhoea, changes in taste and smell), you must immediately go to the nearest coronavirus test station and remain in quarantine until you have received your test results.
  • If you meet anyone belonging to a risk group, make sure that everyone wears face masks for the entire duration of the visit.

    When on holiday still remember to protect yourself and others:

    • Wear a mask in public transport, where close contacts cannot always be avoided. Put the mask on your face well before stepping on board a public transportation vehicle.
    • Avoid crowds and maintain at least a one to two-metre distance from other people. This applies especially indoors.
    • Wash your hands with water and soap often and carefully, for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if washing your hands is not an option. Hand sanitizer is available in area's service points.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth unless you have just washed your hands.
    • Cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue and put the tissue in the bin immediately after use. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not into your hands.

    DOWNLOAD THE KORONAVILKKU-APPLICATION

    Koronavilkku is a contact tracing app produced by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) to help you find out whether you may have been exposed to coronavirus. If you have a coronavirus test and are diagnosed as infected, you can use the app to share this anonymously with those you have been in close contact with. Your privacy is strongly protected.

    More information and dircetions how to download here: https://koronavilkku.fi/en/

    POSSIBLE INFECTION WHILE YOU ARE IN PYHÄ?

    Do the Coronavirus symptom checker. Fill in this form if you suspect that you have caught coronavirus. Answer the questions carefully and truthfully.

    This form will help you check whether you might have a coronavirus infection. It gives you advice whether you need to see a doctor or a nurse. It also gives advice on how to stop the virus from spreading.

    Take the COVID-19-test in the Pelkosenniemi health center or in Sodankylä welfare center Sopukka or in Kemijärvi welfare Lapponia. Always make an appointment to take the test. Do not spread a potential virus by visiting your health center, but wait and follow the instructions given on the phone. Contact information and opening hours for the COVID-19-test:

    Pelkosenniemi health care center tel. +358 40 563 8131.
    Open from Mon-Thu 8-14:45 and Fri 8:00-13:30.

    Pyhän Lääkäriasema Bene tel. 040 123 9923
    The municipality of Pelkosenniemi has an agreement on corona testing on weekends with Pyhän Lääkäriasema Bene. The free testing made possible by the agreement is possible at Bene's testing station Fri-Sun from 10 am to 6 pm until 30 April 2021. At other times, the price of the corona test at Pyhän Lääkäriasema Bene is 55 € / person.

    Sodankylä welfare center Sopukka tel. +358 40 128 5295. Sopukka is open Mon-Sun from 8 to 21.

    Kemijärvi welfare center Lapponia tel. +358 - 40 579 9243.
    Lapponia is open Mon-Sun from 8 to 16. Please book the time to the test online: https://kemijarvi.eaika.fi/cov...

    Result of the COVID19-test are obtained within a day, and while waiting the test result the patient should stay indoors, in quarantine like conditions.

    In case you are facing a normal flu symptom, you may stay at home treatment. Please do not spread exposure to others by restricting your visits to public areas. Avoid contact with other people and crowded places.

    More information about the Current coronavirus situation in Finland: www.thl.fi

    The slopes, lifts, ticket sales and rental services of the Pyhä Ski Resort normally serve with health-safe measures in mind. In the restaurants connected to the slopes, PyhäWurst, Pyhän Uula, Calle-talo and Huttuhippu toilet facilities are available to slope customers during the closure. Read more in the menu under Pyhätunturi Ski Resort during the Korona pandemic.

    The maintenance of the Pyhä-Luosto cross country ski trail network will continue until 30 April 2021.

    The restaurants below serve on a Take Away basis during restaurant closing times:

    The program service companies in the area take hikers to nature activities under a guided tour and rent equipment for independent hiking.

    Closed services:

    • PyhäWurst. The toilets in the restaurant are kept open during closing hours.
    • Kairosmaja café, sauna and open-air swimming area are closed.
    • Pyhän Asteli Resorts's restaurant

    More information on the companies' website pyha.fi

    The situation with regard to restrictions might change, therefore changes are possible.

          At our ski resorts, we always follow official guidelines issued by the authorities and make every effort to ensure that our customers also follow instructions and recommendations. Skiing is an outdoor sport, which means safe distances can be easily maintained on the slopes. We are constantly working towards ensuring a safe holiday at our resorts by, for example, the following measures:

          • At Pyhä, the fast chairlifts take3–6minutes and therefore the time spent on the chairs falls below the 15-minute exposure time.
          • On the chairlifts, customers must leave an empty seat between different groups to maintain a safe distance.It is recommended customers wear a face mask.
          • Please take the t-bar alone or with a person who belongs in the same group.
          • Please maintain a safe distance from other customers in the lift queues. We remind our customers of this by repeating announcements and signs.
          • SkiPatrolis actively monitoring lift queues and making sure safe distances are maintained in the queues.
          • Sales of services are always directed to online stores when possible, and contactless payment is recommended at indoor sales counters.It is also possible to buy tickets outdoors.
          • It is recommended customers wear a face mask at all times in public indoor spaces and outdoors if a safe distance cannot be maintained.
          • Hand sanitizer and face masks are available for customers at equipment rentals, ticket offices and shops. Additionally, cleaning of surfaces and equipment has been enhanced.
          • The number of customers inside equipment rentals is restricted.
          • The staff have been divided into “coronavirus bubbles” to prevent the spread of the disease.
          • In close contacts with customers, staff always wears a face mask or visor.
          • During the season2020–2021 , there is a limited number of international groups of professional athletes practising and competing in the fell area.Groups of professional athletes are categorised as so-called special groups and they can enter the country only through a special procedure approved by the authorities. All professional athletes arriving in the area are required to have a pre-arrival negative COVID-19 test result.

            Customers are actively instructed to follow the guidelines set by the authorities in order to ensure a safe stay at the area.We hope for constant cooperation with our customers to ensure a safe time at the slopes.

          The Lapland tourist destination level Covid-19 risk management model has been developed in extensive co-operation in Lapland with various authorities and tourism developers. The model was originally developed to secure international group tourism to Lapland so that the risk of the disease spreading to the population, tourism employee and tourists is minimized.

          COVID-19 risk management measures are based on a risk analysis, in which the contact points along the customer's path are estimated with a four-step risk analysis. If the customer's point of contact falls into the “medium” or “high” risk level, more stringent protection measures than the general line are required. Each company must make a risk analysis and risk management plans based on the Lapland tourist destination level Covid-19 risk management model.

          Operating according to the model the company shows that they want to act responsibly and take into account the risks caused by Covid-19 in its operations, and strives to operate in a safe manner in various customer service situations. We list here the companies in our resort that have made a risk analysis based in the the model and returned the completed forms to Visit Pyhä-Luosto ry.

          • A La Carte Lapland Oy/safarihouse
          • Ilona (shop)
          • Healing Room Susannea
          • Jaakkola Reindeer Farm
          • Kairankutsu Oy - Call of the Wilderness
          • Kutilan Liikenne
          • Lapland Hotels Luostotunturi
          • Lapland Safaris Luosto
          • Lapland Ski Resort Luosto
          • Lettovilla
          • Parkside Pyhä
          • Central booking agency Pyhähippu Oy
          • Pyhä Ski Resort
          • Pyhä Medical Centre Bene
          • Pyhä Medical Service
          • Pyhä-Luosto Travel Ltd
          • Pyhän Asteli Resort
          • Pyhän Hiuspiste (hairdresser)
          • Puhätunturin Tupa
          • Restaurant Aihki
          • Restaurant Huttuhippu
          • Restaurant Huttu-Uula
          • Restaurant Kopara
          • Restaurant LuostonHovi
          • Restaurant Punakettu
          • Restaurant Tsokka
          • Restaurant Vaisko
          • Sportbar Pyhä
          • Sunday Morning Resort
          • Tilausliikenne K. Tervola Ky (charter transfers)

            Coronavirus guidelines concerning outdoor fun in the National Park

            Latest guidelines from Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland concerning the Coronavirus COVID-19 will be updated here. Keep posted on updates: www.nationalparks.fi/coronavirusguidelines.