Finland orders closure of bars, restaurants to contain spread of covid-19

People enjoy a drink at Gabriel's Wharf beside the River Thames in London on July 3, 2020. - The government has been easing stay-at-home orders imposed in late March with pubs, restaurants and museums reopening this weekend. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Finland’s government decided on Tuesday evening that bars and restaurants across the country would have to close at 1 a.m., while alcohol sales will end at midnight, starting October 8, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“The information provided by authorities is alarming… the number of infections is rising rapidly,” Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru told reporters.

Finland’s public health authority said 149 new coronavirus cases had been reported on Tuesday, among the highest daily numbers in several months.