Restaurant manager Mika Lattu arranges tables and chairs in the sunshine in a good mood. The reason is clear: one of Turku's largest terraces will finally be open on Monday. Someone “Kantis” has already visited the Brewery Restaurant School yard to tell how eagerly they are waiting for the familiar place to open.

- There have been calls and emails. There is a dam when there have been telecommuting and at home. Walking down the street quickly becomes boring when no place is open, Lattu laughs.

- And best of all, summer starts next week, he continues, referring to a promising weather forecast with almost hell readings.

Mika Lattu says that the School will reduce the number of customer places by about half.

Photo: Bo Stranden

Many loyal customers have been waiting for this announcement.

Photo: Bo Stranden

The school terrace normally has 900 seats, but is now limited to less than five hundred. With that crowd, a large yard area can be kept loose enough.

Safety is taken care of with, among other things, instructions and desipules. Queues at the outdoor counter are avoided by making sure there are enough staff.

There will also be its own measures for lunch, which starts on Monday.

- There are almost 800 seats on the two floors inside. About 200 people are taken downstairs on the pub side, ie half of the floor capacity. The buffet lunch has been changed to plate service, and the same table is not used twice at lunch, Lattu says.

The beer survived the corona test well and passed the owners ’taste test. Otherwise, up to 5,000 liters of malt beverage would have been wasted.

Photo: Bo Stranden

The school has begun to prepare for the opening in good time. The kitchen workers came to work on Monday, and there has been a commotion on the side of the hall for a couple of days.

- We've been closed for two months, and the summer lists have changed. This is a bit like starting a restaurant business from the beginning, Lattu says.

Employees have been laid off, and most have taken their summer vacations during that time. The owners have tried to take advantage of the time by making renovations.

- There was talk about renovating the downstairs toilets a year ago, and now was a good time to implement it, Lattu says.

On the positive side, 90 percent of employees return to work on Monday and the rest by Midsummer. However, Lattu is a bit sorry for the summer extras.

- Work was agreed with them in February. It is still not possible to say when there will be jobs for them. Hopefully from midsummer onwards.

In addition to school, there will probably be hustle and bustle by the Aura River on Monday. Several restaurant ships, such as the Aussie Bar and Papa Joe, have already announced their opening.

Restaurant ships on the Aura River are waiting for customers to bask in the day on Monday.

Photo: Bo Stranden

Numerous restaurants in Turku have also already announced that they will open an á la carte and terrace next week. Blanko, Tintåå and Tårget, among others, will be accessible from Monday, and Mami, Kalolanruusu, Nerå and Nooa will open their doors on Tuesday.

However, there are other pleasures for those who do not enjoy the terraces, as the Turku Indoor Sports Venues welcome visitors again.

You can go swimming on 1.6. from Impivaara Swimming Pool and Samppalinna Underground Swimming Pool. The Kupittaa inland swimming pool will open a week later due to renovations. The swimming pools at Petrelius Swimming Pool and Paattinen Regional House are closed, but the gyms are open to the public, as is the Pansio gym. You can also get to the beaches on 1.6. and have a bathing supervisor on site.

The Samppalinna and Kupittaa underground swimming pools will soon be available. Stock Photography.

Photo: Bo Stranden

In accordance with the recommendations of the Finnish Association for Swimming Education and Lifesaving (SUH ry), the number of lockers and showers in use in swimming pools is limited. The saunas are not currently in use. Continuous operating time limited to two hours. Swimming pools and their gyms also have space-specific personal restrictions.

Swimming schools are not organized at this stage due to the close contact they require. Possible swimming schools will be informed later.

The Impivaara indoor swimming pool will open on Monday.

Photo: Tatu Lertola

Indoor sports halls and halls used during normal summer, such as Kupittaa Sports Hall and Alfa Sports Center, are also open to visitors.

The museums of the Turku Museum Center will open in the first week of June. Turku Castle, Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, Biological Museum, Kuralan Kylämäki and Luostarinmäki are open on 1.6. from and WAM 2.6. onwards.

The Turku City Library will be opened to customers on Monday after just over two months of closure. Libraries will be opened with limited services and events and group visits will be canceled until the end of July.

Borrowing services are normally available to customers. Facilities are available, and public computers, printing, copying and scanning are available to guests.

Library exhibitions normally continue from June, and in addition, virtual events are held throughout the summer.

Turku Cathedral opens to visitors on Monday, and visitors can immediately see the iconic exhibition.

Naantali's Moomin World will open its doors on June 6. Tickets can only be purchased in advance.

Next week, drive-in live screenings with changing themes will open in the courtyard of the Turku Exhibition Center. In the first show 3.6. stand-up stars Mika Eirtovaara and Zaani appear. Later, karaoke and improvisation will be promised.