Prime Minister Sanna Marin (sd.) Held a press conference today, in which she said that the Government, in co-operation with the President of the Republic, had noted the exceptional circumstances.

Minister of Labor Tuula Haatainen (b.) And Undersecretary of State Timo Lankinen (b.) Were also present at the event.

Marin spoke at the event about a temporary amendment to the Act on Accommodation and Catering.

The intention is that restaurants as well as other catering companies would be temporarily closed to customers for three weeks.

The law is scheduled to enter into force on March 8, 2021, and would remain in effect until March 28, 2021.

It was astonishing at the event that at this stage the government does not have an immediate need to introduce the powers of Part II of the Emergency Act restricting the fundamental rights of the Emergency Act.

At the same time, however, the Government states that the provisions of Sections 106 and 107 of Chapter 15 of the Emergency Preparedness Act must be applied after the establishment of exceptional circumstances.

Section 106 applies to the communication of administrative authorities in exceptional circumstances and section 107 to the determination of jurisdiction.

Martin Schein, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, among others, has wondered.

- However, nothing can be said about the fact that these sections also belong to the second part of the Emergency Preparedness Act, the provisions of which can be introduced only in accordance with section 6 (1) of the Emergency Preparedness Act by a Government decree.

The decree was not issued, so the application of sections 106-107 of the Standby Act is illegal, and therefore the application of the Standby Act in its entirety has also been illegal, Scheinin wrote in his constitutional blog today.