The Finnish authorities have announced that the country has decided to impose residence and movement restrictions in certain areas for safety reasons.
According to the Ministry of Interior of Finland, in line with the new rules, residence, as well as movements in some areas near airports, ports, power plants, and factories that are not considered safe, will be restricted.
“The regulation of the Ministry of the Interior has collected all locations where movement or residence is prohibited under the Police Act. In the decree, movement and residence are restricted in areas such as airports, ports, prisons, transformer stations, power plants, and factories,” the statement of the Ministry reads.
As it has been explained, a total of 102 objects have been added to the list of places near which residence and movement are restricted. Of these, 33 are airports, and 69 are main network stations.
In addition, it has been stressed that residence and movement will be changed in areas near ten converter stations. Moreover, the authorities noted that the area reserved for the Hanhikivi Nuclear Power Plant will be removed from the regulation.
“The movement and residence restriction areas of ten conversion stations will be changed, and the area of one conversion station will be removed from the regulation. The area reserved for the Hanhikivi nuclear power plant will also be removed from the regulation,” the Ministry stated.
Now that the authorities have restricted new areas, they said that they need to be clearly marked as well as fenced off if necessary.
Since it is dangerous to be near these areas, the Ministry said that it is forbidden to stay near the restricted areas without permission.
The same stressed that all those who violate the rules will be fined, urging everyone to follow the new rules.
As explained, by imposing restrictions in certain areas, the authorities want to make sure that everyone is being protected by the activities taking place.
“Moving in restricted areas is often dangerous for safety and requires thorough knowledge of the area. The area must be clearly marked and, if necessary, fenced off,” the Ministry added.
The regulation on residence and movement restrictions entered into force in 2014, and since then, the Ministry has amended it five times. The new regulation in line with which restrictions will apply to new areas will officially enter into force on September 1, 2023.
Once it enters into force, the authorities are expected to provide additional information on the matter.