The change is taking place because of feedback received from concert organizers and to conform to established practises at other concert houses in Finland.
`The Helsinki Music Centre's current concert and visitor counts are approximately four times as large as was originally estimated. This means an equal increase in expenses will be forthcoming. A charge to use the cloakroom also simplifies the concert arrangers' cost structure. Simultaneously, we are unifying our practises with other concert houses', Helsinki Music Centre Managing Director Katja Leppäkoski said.
The paid cloakroom will be open on concert days two hours before the scheduled event start time and remain available until the centre closes. At other times, clothing can be left in the unsupervised cloakrooms at the owners' risk.
'According to the Rescue Act, it is not permissible to take items such as large baggage or heavy clothing into the concert halls because they could hinder fire and exit safety measures', Juho-Pekka Syrjälä, G4S supervisor responsible for security at Helsinki Music Centre noted .
Cloakroom pricing and payment methods
The cloakroom service fee will be two euros per customer.
One cloakroom fee includes an additional cloakroom service for a person under the age of twelve.
Payments can be made using the machines located by the elevators on the fourth floor next to the main entrance from Mannerheimintie, in the third-floor main lobby by Cloakroom 1 for those entering from Kansalaistori, and by Cloakroom 49 for those entering from the car park.
A ticket for the cloakroom fees can also be purchased from the ticket sales booth, or guests with exact change may pay the cloakroom staff directly.
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