Helsinki authorities announced on Friday the cancellation of its Christmas Market, one of the main traditional events and the city's hallmark at this time of year.
"Due to the worsening coronavirus situation in Helsinki, all public events will be forbidden starting Monday 30 November. Helsinki Christmas Market, which was set to open on 5 December, will also be cancelled," the City of Helsinki said in a press release.
The market was due to offer a selection of sustainable and high-quality products from nearly one hundred Finnish artisans and small producers.
"We are currently investigating ways to promote some of these vendors and products via the Market’s digital channels, and hope that many will continue to support local products and restaurants despite the cancellation," the authorities of the capital city said in the release.