Tuesday newspapers: A different Christmas, hospital staff, flea market | News

The coronavirus epidemic is already affecting the traditions of the Christmas season, some Finnish morning newspapers write today.

A nurse in Turku. Hospitals do not expect to be severely understaffed during the holidays. Image: Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva

Usually organized by companies for employees, or clubs for their members, and organized a few weeks before Christmas, this year even small-scale events have been canceled.

Timo Niinimaki who owns and operates party and catering service Kievari Rantapirtti in Jämsä told the newspaper that company-sponsored events have been intermittent since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. He mentioned a booking he had made by employees of a company who wanted to host a small sauna party at their own expense, rather than a traditional Christmas party, but the company rejected the idea.

Niinimäki says reservations come and go. While he has wedding reservations scheduled for next summer, a number of events scheduled for next fall have already been canceled.

Although they usually hold small events, people may be reluctant to get close in a social setting with others, even within their own group, CEO Asko Merila of Merilä Manor in Utajärvi told Maaseudun Tulevaisuus.

Normally during the festive season, Merilä Manor serves 50 to 60 Christmas hams to guests, but Asko Merilä estimates that this year the number will be around twenty.

Home for Christmas?

Many Finnish city dwellers usually leave the city for Christmas to spend the holidays with extended families in the provinces.

Iltalehti tabloid (siirryt toiseen palveluun) stresses today that the increasingly restrictive measures imposed in various parts of the country and the acceleration of the epidemic are likely to affect the plans of many people this year.

He writes that especially in Helsinki and Uusimaa, where the situation is currently most serious, many are wondering if it is worth going elsewhere for Christmas.

Travel to the Uusimaa region is not recommended and it is also advisable to avoid inviting guests from Uusimaa to visit other regions.

The chief medical officers of a number of hospital districts interviewed by Iltalehti agree that the message should now be that any unnecessary travel is currently a risk, regardless of direction.

For example, Antti Hedmanchief medical officer of the Nord-Savo hospital district, described the situation in his region as “calm”, but stressed that travel inside and outside the district could be a problem.

“The concern now is what Christmas celebrations will mean in the region. Christmas usually means family celebrations, which now play a big role in the spread of the disease, and even small family Christmases are a problem for the elderly or at-risk groups,” Hedman points out.

These medical experts are urging anyone planning to travel for Christmas to take extra precautions to stay away from crowds, avoid bars and pubs and any behavior that could increase the spread of the virus.

Antti Hedman also urged Iltalehti readers to consider whether or not they really need to make physical visits during the holidays.

“We can connect in ways other than visits. These days, we have a variety of electronic tools to help us get together,” Hedman points out.

Hospital staff

The Ilta-Sanomat in Helsinki (siirryt toiseen palveluun)reports that despite fears that medical facilities will face staffing shortages in the upcoming holiday season, many hospital administrators told the newspaper they expect staffing levels to be higher. more or less normal for the Christmas period.

Ilta-Lehti points out that if the epidemic were to worsen enough for the imposition of the Emergency Powers Act by the government, doctors and nurses could be forced to cancel all vacation leave.

According to Ilta-Somat in some hospital districts, however, the holiday time that medical staff have been late since spring may pose problems for health care during the Christmas holiday period.

In many places, efforts are being made to prevent possible labor shortages by redeploying staff, for example by postponing non-acute surgeries. In the hospital district of Uusimaa, non-emergency care has already been reduced, but this is not uncommon during the Christmas holiday period.

This article emphasizes that in a large number of hospital districts no critical deterioration of the situation is expected. The Christmas period is normally busy, but in many hospital districts the situation is not critical, at least for now.

Used shopping

Tori.fi and Huuto.net, Finland’s largest second-hand internet marketplaces, say they have seen a huge upturn in business this year.

And postal service Posti reports that the number of consumer-to-consumer packages it has delivered since the spring has increased by 40-50%.

Helsingin Sanomat asked Tori.fi which second-hand goods sold best in different parts of the country during the period from January to October this year.

The review revealed that in Helsinki, and in many other localities, the top-selling products are second-hand clothes.

But isn’t that true everywhere. In Suonenjoki, for example, horse care products top the list. In Outokumppu it’s used cars, in Kronoby it’s parts for mopeds and scooters, and in Nakkila it’s audio equipment.

More second-hand products were sold on Tori.fi in January-October than in all of last year. This year, the online store saw a particularly strong increase in sales of children’s clothing, toys and games, home furnishings, furniture and leisure equipment.

Unsurprisingly, the online trade in second-hand goods has been boosted by people’s efforts to avoid risk during the outbreak, according to Elina NarvanenAssistant Professor of Services and Commerce at the University of Tampere.

Another reason is probably to save money.

“The financial situation of many people is uncertain. This can increase the demand for cheaper second-hand goods,” says Närvänen.

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