18.03.2021

Safety at Finnbrit!

[Updated on the 18th March, 2021]

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. We are doing everything we can to make sure that events at Finnbrit are organized safely.

If or when a face-to-face event must be changed to an online one for your own safety, we will inform you personally immediately.

Please see below actions we are taking and that we kindly ask you to take. Together we can ensure safety at Finnbrit!

PLEASE STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE ILL+

  • Symptoms that may indicate a coronavirus infection include a cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, muscle pain, stomach complaints and headache

HYGIENE IS IMPORTANT!+

  • Please wash your hands thoroughly when you arrive at Finnbrit
  • Please use hand sanitizer frequently. It is available at the entrance, waiting area and the event rooms
  • Please cough and sneeze into a disposable tissue or your arm
  • Finnbrit follows the Finnish government and official health and safety guidance on the use of face masks:
    • Wearing a face mask is strongly recommended at all Finnbrit events, e.g. the IELTS tests
    • If no official guidelines apply, Finnbrit makes decisions at its discretion, including on an event-specific basis

MAINTAIN SAFE DISTANCE+

  • Please remember to keep a safe distance from other participants in all circumstances
  • Leave enough room at cloakrooms, reception, refreshment points and when queueing
  • Safe distances in accordance with official guidance have been considered in the layout of the premises:
    • For example, test desks are normally set 1,25m from one another. Now the distances have been increased to 2m and number of people limited to 10 including staff
    • The maximum number of persons at face to face training is 9 people and the teacher
    • Cultural events indoors are not recommended; should there be an event there must be no more than 10 persons present
  • We are using maximum half the capacity of the venues

CLASSROOM / EVENT ARRANGEMENTS+

  • The number and location of tables are arranged so that safe distance of 2m is maintained between seats
  • If or when a face-to-face lesson or event must be changed to an online one for your own safety, we will inform you personally immediately
  • When drinks and snacks are on offer, students and event guests can help themselves to ready-portioned snacks. Drinks will be served by a member of staff
  • Hand sanitizer is available in every room

CLEANING+

  • Finnbrit pays special attention to cleaning in both normal and exceptional circumstances
  • Particular daily and event-specific attention in cleaning is paid to surfaces and items that are touched frequently such as table surfaces, counters, chairs, light switches, door handles, taps, toilet flush buttons, coat racks and payment terminals
  • In addition to regular cleaning, every employee at Finnbrit does their part with regard to cleanliness, and reports if any area requires further attention. We encourage our members, test-takers, students and guests to do the same

CANCELLATIONS OR TRANSFERS+

For each event, a decision to cancel or postpone any event/course will be made by Finnbrit following the guidance from the Finnish officials. We update the information on our website regularly per event. Information on cancellation and transfer policies can be found on our website, terms and conditions.

The latest information from the Helsinki Area officials (AVI) can be found at: https://avi.fi/tiedote/-/tiedote/69902433

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area recommendations, guidelines and restrictions be be found at: https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/coronavirus-en/information/recommendations-and-restrictions-effective.

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare’s up-to-date communications on the coronavirus situation can be read at: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates.

PLEASE FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE CAN ENJOY THE EVENT. WELCOME TO FINNBRIT!

Finnbrit monitors the coronavirus situation closely+

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) – Information, instructions and materials on coronavirus and preparing for the disease: https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates You will find information on:

  • Transmission and protection
  • Symptoms and treatment
  • Telephone number for counselling
  • And links to many useful sites such as
    • Travelling and coronavirus (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland)
    • World Health Organization

Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI) FAQ (in Finnish) / Aluehallintoviraston usein kysytyt kysymykset yleisötilaisuuksien erityisjärjestelyistä TÄÄLLÄ

Finnish National Agency for Education: Education in Finland and the coronavirus https://www.oph.fi/en/education-and-qualifications/education-finland-and-coronavirus

You will find information on e.g.

  • National certificates of language proficiency (YKI-testit)
  • Impact on international programmes such as Erasmus+

Advice on the use of face masks in the context of Covid-19 HERE

Advice on using protective gloves HERE

Finnbrit monitors the coronavirus situation closely and takes action+

All our test takers are sent advice before their test to cancel their language test even if the cancellation period has closed if they have any symptoms of Covid-19. In this case, the test taker can transfer their test to another date free of charge.

All our personnel, volunteers and members have been advised on prevention of Covid-19, and know their role in doing so, including advising students, test takers and event guests for the same. At arrival to Finnbrit premises, our staff advises the test takers to follow the safety precautions.

26.2.2021 Finnbrit further decreased the number of test takers in both paper-based and computer-delivered tests to 7 persons + 3 staff, and increased the space between the desks/ seats to a minimum of 2 m. We regret that we had to ask some test takers to book for a later session at short notice. Depending on the advice from the officials we will assess if there is a possibility and need to increase the number of test takers per session or set up additional sessions post the restrictions.

9.2.2021 Finnbrit is offering many more test sessions in spring 2021 than earlier. This makes it easier to fit the test to your schedule. However, each test sessions has a very limited number of seats available, they get full fairly quickly, and therefore, we advice you to book and secure your seat as early as possible. Knowing when you are taking the test, also allows you to prepare for the test well.

30.11.2020 Finnbrit continues to operate in a responsible manner and takes all the possible precautions. In addition to the measures introduced above, we have reduced the number of test takers per session by splitting the sessions and for example, using different locations. We also continue to inform the language test takers of the possibility to reschedule or cancel their test with a refund.

23.11.2020. Finnbrit limits the number of test takers to 20 people maximum including staff due to restrictions introduced by the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Please read more at: https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/coronavirus-en/information/recommendations-and-restrictions-effective.

30.10.2020. Finnbrit requires the use of face masks at events with more than twenty (20+) persons as per the guidance from THL on 29.10.2020, https://www.hus.fi/en/newsroom/coronavirus-covid-19/regional-situation-coronavirus-epidemic-and-issued-recommendations.

1.10.2020. Finnbrit recommends the use of face masks as per the recommendation given by THL 25.9.2020, https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases-and-vaccinations/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates/transmission-and-protection-coronavirus/recommendation-on-the-use-of-face-masks-for-citizens

1.8.2020 Restrictions regarding number of people at events no longer in force. Finnbrit continues to offer its services to reduced number of persons as follows:

  • Language testing, computer-delivered IELTS for maximum of 12 candidates
  • Language testing, paper-based IELTS for maximum of 45 candidates
  • Face-to-face training for maximum group of 10 students
  • Face-to-face cultural events for maximum group of 20 guests

16.7. – 31.7.2020 Finnbrit on summer holiday

1.6. – 15.7.2020 Finnbrit arranged paper-based IELTS testing with a maximum number of 44 test takers and 6 staff members to comply with the government restrictions of maximum 50 people. Few individual tutoring sessions took place.

15.5.2020 – 31.5.2020 Finnbrit piloted the new computer-delivered IELTS testing with 7 candidates and 3 staff members to comply with the government restrictions of maximum 10 people. No face to face training or cultural events took place.

18.3.2020 – 15.5.2020 Finnbrit closed. Finnbrit followed the guidance given to schools to close and the meeting restrictions of maximum 10 people. No face to face training, testing or cultural events took place.