Care & Safety

At Meripäivät, safety is always a priority.  Our festival team works closely with local authorities and members of security services to ensure that our visitors are able to have a great festival experience in a safe environment.  Meripäivät security provider is X-Sec Group Oy.

As our visitor you can help us to keep the festival safe by looking after yourself, your belongings and fellow festivalgoers.  If you witness anything alarming or have any other concerns regarding the safety at the festival, please inform a member of staff or security as soon as possible.

Health instructions

There aren’t currently any covid 19 related restrictions in Finland. We hope that everyone acts responsibly and takes other festivalgoers into consideration in all situations. Please only come to the event healthy. Remember to wash and disinfect your hands often enough and keep a safe distance to other people, even in crowded situations. Take enough time for transitioning from one place to another so you can avoid the biggest crowds.

Safety instructions

  • In case of emergency, follow the instructions provided by security and festival staff.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking enough water and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress according to the weather. Please note that the temperature may drop considerably at night times.
  • Respect the privacy of local residents by staying away from private properties (including private yards and roads) and keeping noise to a minimum near the properties.
  • You are not allowed to bring your own alcoholic beverage or any items which may cause a safety hazard or may be used as a weapon.
  • You are allowed to bring an unopened bottle or a carton (0,5 litres max) of non-alcoholic beverages. There are several water supply points at the area where you can fill your water bottles. Phones and cameras are also allowed.

Prohibited items and things

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Narcotics and illegal drugs
  • Glass bottles
  • Firearms, knives and other weapons
  • Any explosives, fireworks, flares and lasers
  • Chains
  • Any portable chairs
  • Selfie sticks
  • Drones

Handing out posters or leaflets of any kind is forbidden without a written permission from the festival organization.

Street performances are also forbidden without a written permission from the festival organization.

We don’t recommend bringing pets to the festival area! (Festival area isn’t suitable for dogs or other pets)

First aid

On-site medical services are provided by the Finnish Red Cross and are available throughout Meripäivät. The medical services are available at the corner of Sibeliuksenpuisto (intersection of Kirkkokatu and Ruotsinsalmenkatu) and at Lasten Meripäivät (Yhteisötalo Messi). In addition, the medical team has a roving patrol on site.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on the site apart from marked areas.  Smoking is also prohibited during the opening parade.  This applies to the audience as well as the participants of the parade.

Security checks

At Meripäivät, safety comes first. Security checks are carried out at the entrance gates if needed.  Please note that this may cause queues especially during the busiest hours. Cloakrooms are provided at the gates (subject to a charge).

Information desks

The main festival information desk is located next to Kotka-lava at Ruotsinsalmenkatu.  The information desk is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm.

Phone number: +358 (0)40 6351 764.

Lasten Meripäivät has an info desk at Yhteisötalo Messi and it’s open on Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm and from Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

Water supply points

There are several water supply points at the festival.  The water is drinkable and you may use it to fill your water bottle. Please check the map for exact locations. Water supply points are offered by Kymen Vesi.

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