Turun Messukeskus

Turku Fair Center introduces the COVID-19 passport in its upcoming events

Article updated 16.12.2021 11:31

COVID-19 passport is required for public events of more than 50 people

The EU’s digital corona certificate, the so-called the COVID-19 passport or the corona passport, will be used as a health security measure at the upcoming events of Turku Fair Center. It has been in use from 16.11.2021 onwards.

The Regional State Administrative Agency of Southwest Finland (AVI) prohibits public meetings and general meetings of more than fifty (50) people indoors. Organizers of public events and general meetings may introduce the COVID-19 passport, thus enabling holders of said passports to attend events without restrictions imposed by the regional government agency. (AVI 15.11.2021 in Finnish. Unofficial translation from Finnish, Turku Fair Center does not accept liability for misinterpretations)

The use of the corona passport will be continued at Turku Fair Center’s own events in 2022, if the restrictions set by the authorities still require it.

Alternative to the restrictions

The COVID-19 passport is an alternative to restrictions. Operators subject to restrictions would be free to choose whether to require their customers or participants to show a COVID-19 passport, or to comply with restrictions imposed by central government, regional state administrative authorities and municipalities. Both private and public operators could require use of a COVID-19 passport. […]

The COVID-19 passport could be required in places such as restaurants and nightclubs, gyms and other indoor facilities for sports or physical activity, swimming centres and spas, dance halls, spaces used for group leisure activities, amusement and theme parks, indoor facilities at zoos, indoor playgrounds and play centres, and museums, exhibition spaces and other similar cultural venues, and at various public events.

No requirement to show the COVID-19 passport may be imposed in places that may be considered essential for leading a normal life or enjoying statutory rights and services. The Certificate would accordingly not be required of customers at such establishments as pharmacies or retail outlets.

Customers or other participants at an event would have to show a COVID-19 passport on admission. An event organiser should refuse entry or participation to any customer or participant who fails to show a COVID-19 passport. While there would accordingly be no obligation to show a COVID-19 passport, failure to do so would prevent access to an event or premises where the passport has been required. Proof of identity may be required when showing a COVID-19 passport.

An operator may only require a COVID-19 passport of customers, participants or the public. The operator may not require a COVID-19 passport of staff members. (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health 5.11.2021)

Important:

  • The corona passport is required for those 16 years of age and older.
  • The COVID-19 passport is the EU Digital COVID Certificate. It is available from the My Kanta online service, or in printed form from local healthcare providers.
  • This requires you to have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate, a certificate of a recent negative COVID-19 test result, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
  • Please be aware that you may be asked to show your ID when showing your corona passport.
    • People under the age of 18 can prove their identity when using corona passport, for example with a passport, Kela card or reliable age insurance provided by their parents.

Use of the COVID-19 passport:

  • Event organizers will scan the corona passport using a Digital COVID Certificate scanning app approved by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. The app is installed on a mobile device.
  • The Digital COVID Certificate scanner scans the Certificate QR code. It indicates whether this is approved or declined.
  • The validity of a Digital COVID Certificate may be verified without electronic scanning if technical reasons prevent use of the scanner app.
    • We advise you to fold or otherwise cover a printed Certificate so that only the first page is visible: indicating the title of the Certificate and the name and date of birth of its holder, the QR code and the Certificate identifier, and no other personal information.

Our staff or other persons discharging their functions will be subject to a duty of confidentiality under the Data Protection Act.

No COVID-19 passport data may be registered, stored, or processed for any other purpose.

 

The Covid-19 passport enables spring 2022 events to be organised in Finland

Next year’s trade fairs and events will be organized at Finnish trade fair locations according to plans. The member companies of The Association of Trade Fair and Event Organisers in Finland will impose the Covid-19 passport at all their spring 2022 events, if required by the authorities’ restrictions regarding events. The Covid-19 passport makes it possible to organise events in full and health safely.

”It is difficult to arrange events without imposing Covid-19 passports. If the regional administration agency restricts the organisation of events or the number of participants also next year, we will immediately impose the Covid-19 passport at all our events. This allows us to organize events safely and in full size without restrictions. Customers can be confident that the events will be arranged as planned,” says Marja Pekkanen, President of The Association of Trade Fair and Event Organisers in Finland.

Currently, the use of the Covid-19 passport is subject to authorities’ restrictions – a change in the law is hoped for

Under current law, the Covid-19 passport (EU’s digital Covid-19 certificate) can only be imposed at public events when events are subject to authorities’ restrictions. Operators subject to restrictions may require their customers to present a Covid-19 passport upon entry.

People’s health and safety are priorities for trade fair organisers. The industry is constantly monitoring the development of the pandemic and reacts quickly to the restrictions and recommendations set by the authorities.

”The Covid-19 passport is a very necessary tool for the event industry and we are ready to use it for as long as needed. At present, the event organiser can impose the Covid-19 passport only if there are authorities’ restrictions in the area. The law should urgently be amended so that the use of a Covid-19 passport is possible if necessary, so that event organisers can confidently plan their activities in the long run,” says Pekkanen.

The Covid-19 passport is available from Omakanta. The visitor must also be prepared to prove their identity. EU’s Covid-19 certificate is valid if you are Covid-19 vaccinated, if you have received a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours or have fallen ill with Covid-19 within 180 days. The Covid-19 passport is also issued to persons who have been ill with Covid-19 and received one Covid-19 vaccination. The Covid-19 passport reader does not collect or store health or other information.

The Association of Trade Fair and Event Organisers in Finland represents the vast majority of Finnish trade fair organisers. The members of the association are: Housing Fair Finland Co-op, Jyväskylä Fair Ltd, KPK Events, Lahden Messut, MediaPro Finland Oy, Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, North Finland Fair, Pohjanmaan Expo Oy – Expo Österbotten Ab, Riihimäen Messut Oy, Tampere Trade Fairs Ltd, The Turku Fair and Congress Center.

In 2019, trade fairs and other events held at trade fair centres brought an income stream of more than half a billion euros to their venues in Finland (Taloustutkimus 4/2021). During normal years, about 150 different trade fair events are held every year in different parts of Finland and more than 1.5 million visitors take part in themwww.messutsuomessa.fi

More information: The Association of Trade Fair and Event Organisers in Finland, President Marja Pekkanen, marja.pekkanen@turunmessukeskus.fi, tel. +358 40 545 7766