In the very heart of Helsinki, the main train station guarded by stone statues, it is occasionally so quiet on a Saturday morning that you can almost hear your own breath.

Sometimes, though, there are alarms from the loudspeakers about last night's exceptions. At present, the border of Uusimaa cannot be crossed unless there is a particularly weighty reason for it.

You wouldn't believe that you are in a place that is normally one of the busiest in Finland.

Photo: Antti Hämäläinen

Restrictions on access are valid at least until April 19th. The borders of Uusimaa are guarded by the police, and an official with a face shield is also present at the station.

Illustrative of the situation is the fact that almost twenty bulls flock casually close to station number ten.

They do not startle the photographer, not even the IC140 long-distance train, which has traveled from Jyväskylä through Riihimäki to Helsinki.

We decide to stay and see how many passengers arrive from Central Finland to the Helsinki metropolitan area during these special times.

The crowds were taking the crowds in a deserted position.

Photo: Antti Hämäläinen

One passenger: Päivi Räsänen

We don't expect any crowds, but when the train doors open, the sight really baffles: only one passenger rushes out.

And not just any traveler - you see, this is Päivi Räsänen, a former member of the Christian Democratic Party of Finland, former Minister of the Interior.

Räsänen says he is on his way to Parliament to continue dealing with restrictions on the coronavirus.

- In the morning I boarded a train from Riihimäki, which was almost empty. I was still making laws last night, and I was expecting to see the cops on the train, he describes.

The police had also arrived at Helsinki Central Station.

Photo: Antti Hämäläinen

Päivi Räsänen was in a hurry to Parliament.

Photo: Antti Hämäläinen

Two members of the police said they were kind enough to do their job of checking the wagons. Räsänen also captured a sample of his special situation on social media.

- I had a permit card with me to show, but they might recognize me without it. I am an old acquaintance of the police, he says.

“Finland's action has been pushed down like this”

Räsänen admits that the exceptional situation arouses sad feelings.

- When you need to limit this way. However, I think it is good to live in a country like this, where this restriction on people's movement is extraordinary and not normal for us. And in a way, this kind of Finnish action has been pushed down that way.

He hopes that the coronary epidemic can be quickly overcome to return to normal life and daily life.

Räsänen hopes that the coronary epidemic will be overcome as soon as possible.

Photo: Antti Hämäläinen

The police were wearing a mask.

Photo: Antti Hämäläinen

Räsänen will continue his trip to Arkadianmäki for an extraordinary plenary session to discuss a government proposal to close restaurants on Saturday morning. Parliament approved this.

The Department of Employment and the Economy estimates that the restrictions could be enforced early in the week, possibly as early as Monday.

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