Monday was the first working day when the isolation of Uusimaa from the rest of Finland was in effect.

It knew massive congestion - as expected in advance.

Police said a total of 38,265 vehicles had been inspected at the Uusimaa border by 6 pm on Monday. Most of them, more than 38,000, crossed the provincial border as police turned 156 vehicles.

In the afternoons of the Third Road, the queue extended to the Hyvinkää junction as far as the highway.

Photo: Lassi Rinne

Police had to fine only one motorist for violating the Emergency Law by 6pm on Monday.

At worst, the queues were in the morning. Superintendent Timo Leppälä said in an IS interview with Orimattila joining Nelosti Road at half past eight in the morning that the queue was about six kilometers long.

The police had plenty to inspect in Hyvinkää.

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At its longest, queuing time stretched well over half an hour, up to 40-50 minutes.

Therefore, the police recommended that if crossing the provincial border by car is absolutely necessary, it is advisable to schedule motoring outside of peak periods.

However, afternoon traffic was more moderate than morning commuting.

Photo: Lassi Rinne

- The commute traffic in the afternoon was smoother than in the morning. It took 10 to 20 minutes at most to queue up, Juha Hietala, the commander-in-chief of the operation, said in a police briefing.

On Monday, police had to turn only 156 vehicles and write one fine for violating the law on preparedness.

Photo: Lassi Rinne

Instead of congestion, only a few chose to cross the border of Uusimaa by train. Police say that by Monday at 6 p.m., there had been 517 train passengers and only six return passengers.

The movement restriction for Uusimaa is valid until April 19.