17 March 2020 – Government submits two decrees on use of emergency powers

Type of Intervention: Regulation
Sectors Involved: Health, Private Sector, Supply Chains
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change; Planning and strategy; Creation of or release of plans
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Government, in cooperation with the President of the Republic

Overview: Government Decree on the use of powers laid down in sections 86, 88, 93-95 and 109 of the Emergency Powers Act: Section 86 of the Emergency Powers Act lays down provisions on the functioning of healthcare and social welfare units, section 88 on healthcare and social welfare services and health protection, section 93 on derogations from the terms and conditions of employment relationships, section 94 on restricting the right concerning dismissal, section 95 on the obligation to work, and section 109 on the provision or suspension of instruction and education. The decree is to be applied from 18 March 2020 and it will remain in force until 13 April 2020.
Government Decree on the immediate use of powers laid down in section 87 of the Emergency Powers Act: According to section 87 of the Emergency Powers Act, the sale of medicines, goods and services used in healthcare services may be restricted in the whole country. The decree enters into force immediately and it will remain in force until 13 April 2020
Full details here: https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/artikkeli/-/asset_publisher/10616/valmiuslain-kayttoonottoasetus-eduskunnalle

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat