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No Covid Pass? No Alcohol Sales After 5pm in Finland’s Bars

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Bars and restaurants in Finland refusing to use Covid certificates are no longer allowed to serve booze after 5 p.m. in the latest attempt by the government to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

With winter coming, days in the northernmost tip of the European Union are becoming as short as six hours and intensive-care units in the country’s hospitals are filling up. 

One way to try and contain the pandemic is to control behavior. The government is telling restaurants and drinking establishments to close no later than 6 p.m. local time in Helsinki, unless they require patrons to provide a so-called Covid passport proving double vaccination, a recent negative test or recovery.

An excess amount of alcohol weakens your immune system and being drunk lowers inhibitions and can potentially expose people to riskier behavior, such as not wearing a mask or breaching social-distancing rules. Finland has a culture of heavy drinking, which likely played a role in the latest diktat. One in five Finnish men engage in binge drinking weekly, data show.

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