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Sports competitions, and sports and exercise events are allowed only if the following conditions have been met:

  • indoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events may be attended only by the teams of the highest national divisions, professional athletes and members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams participating in the competition system of a sports federation, the venue occupancy cannot exceed 50% and the number of participants 200 persons (goes into force on February 22, 2021, up until then 250);

  • outdoor sports competitions, sports and exercise events may be attended by up to 250 participants who must be in groups of no more than 10 people, including the instructor, and it must be ensured that there is no contact with other groups, except for families staying or moving around together or if those conditions cannot reasonably be ensured;

  • a mask is worn indoors. This obligation does not extend to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health considerations, the nature of the work or activities, or for some other substantial reason;

  • spectators are not allowed;

  • the organiser of the event ensures that participants are not present at the event venue between the hours of 22.00 and 06.00;

  • the organiser of the event ensures the availability of disinfectants and that the disinfection requirements are adhered to according to the guidelines of the Health Board.

Last updated: 25.02.2021 14:37

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Starting from February 22, 2021 it is allowed to engage in sports, training, youth work, hobby activities, informal education and refresher training under the following conditions:

Outdoors:

  • the number of participants may not exceed 250 persons who must be in groups of no more than 50 persons, including the instructor, and it must be ensured that there is no contact with other groups. The restriction does not apply to families moving around or staying together, or if these conditions cannot be reasonably ensured;
  • it is ensured that disinfectants are available and the disinfection requirements set out by the guidelines of the Health Board are followed.

Indoors:

  • it is ensured that only individual activities or individual training, including a coach, take place, and at least a 2-meter distance is kept with others. All group activities are prohibited. The restriction of individual activities or individual training does not apply to families moving around or staying together, or if these conditions cannot be reasonably ensured;
  • playing in pairs is only allowed in sports disciplines that are covered by the notion of individual sport. There are six disciplines like that: tennis, table tennis, padel, badminton, beach volleyball and beach tennis;
  • it is ensured that the occupancy of the venue does not exceed 50%;
  • the number of participants is up to 200 people;
  • a mask is worn indoors. This obligation does not extend to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health considerations, the nature of the work or activities, or for some other substantial reason;
  • it is ensured that disinfectants are available and the disinfection requirements set out by the guidelines of the Health Board are followed.

Sports competitions, and sports and exercise events are allowed only if the following conditions have been met:

  • indoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events may be attended only by the teams of the highest national divisions, professional athletes and members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams participating in the competition system of a sports federation, the room occupancy cannot exceed 50% and the number of participants 200 persons;
  • outdoor sports competitions, sports and exercise events may be attended provided that the number of participants is limited to 250 persons;
  • spectators are not allowed;
  • the organiser of the event ensures that participants are not present at the event venue between 22.00 and 06.00.

The restrictions are not applied to extracurricular activities for those students of general education schools who have the right to be in a school building according to this order and are studying in the same class. The restriction is also not applied in a pre-school childcare institution if the activity or training is carried out with children in the same kidergarten group, who come into daily contact with each other. The restriction is also not applied to professional sports activities, including to members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and players of teams in the highest national divisions, activities related to military defence and internal security of the state and activities of persons with disabilities, including the provision of social and occupational rehabilitation services and Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre.

More info on the web page of the Ministry of Culture.

Last updated: 22.02.2021 14:23

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No, it cannot. Sports competitions, and sports and exercise events are allowed only if the following conditions are met:

  • indoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events may be attended only by the teams in the highest national divisions participating in the competition system of a sports federation, professional athletes and members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams, the occupancy of the venue may not exceed 50% and the number of participants may be up to 200 people;

  • outdoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events may be attended by up to 250 participants who must be in groups of no more than 50 people, including the instructor, and it must be ensured that there is no contact with other groups, except for families staying or moving around together or, if those conditions cannot reasonably be ensured,

  • a mask is worn indoors. This obligation does not extend to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health considerations, the nature of the work or activities, or for some other substantial reason;

  • spectators are not allowed,

  • the organiser of the event ensures that participants are not present at the event venue between 22.00 and 06.00;

  • the organiser of the event ensures the availability of disinfectants and that the disinfection requirements are adhered to according to the guidelines of the Health Board.

Last updated: 19.02.2021 15:15

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Starting from February 22, it is not generally allowed to be at swimming pools and saunas. For individual swimming as a sports activity, it is allowed to use only those indoor swimming pools that have been registered in the Estonian sports registry and have an assigned number of competition lanes.

Last updated: 22.02.2021 11:26

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Sports competitions, and sports and exercise events are allowed only if the following conditions have been met:

  • indoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events may be attended only by the teams of the highest national divisions, professional athletes and members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams participating in the competition system of a sports federation;
  • outdoor sports competitions, sports and exercise events may be attended if it is ensured that the number of participants does not exceed 250 persons who have been divided into groups of 10 people, including the instructor, and that there is no contact with other groups, except for families staying or moving around together or if those conditions cannot reasonably be ensured; This requirement does not extend to professional sports activities taking place under the competition system of a sports federation, including to the members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and to players of the teams in the highest national divisions.
  • spectators are not allowed;
  • a mask is worn indoors. This obligation does not extend to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health consideration, the nature of the work or activities, or for some other substantial reason;
  • the organiser of the event ensures that participants are not present at the event venue between 22.00 and 06.00. This requirement does not extend to professional sports activities taking place under the competition system of a sports federation, including to the members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and to players of the teams in the highest national divisions.
  • the organiser of the competition ensures the availability of disinfectants;
  • the organiser of the event ensures compliance with the disinfection requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

More information and the COVID-19 code of conduct for sports competition organizers can be found on the website of the Ministry of Culture. (in Estonian).

Last updated: 26.02.2021 13:14

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There are no restrictions to when sports may be done indoors or outdoors. However, there is a restriction for sports competitions where the organiser of the event must ensure that the participants are not at the event venue between the hours of 22.00 and 06.00.

Last updated: 10.02.2021 15:49

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That is correct. Starting from February 22, 2021 only individual activities or individual training are allowed, including with an instructor or a partner, and a 2-metre distance must be kept with other persons. Several individual activities can take place in one room but it must be ensured that the occupancy of the room does not exceed 50% and the number of participants is not more than 200.

Last updated: 22.02.2021 10:01

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No. The purpose of all of the restrictions is to reduce close contact between people, which is why the main theme of the latest restrictions is the prohibition of group activities. Contact activities may be conducted individually with an instructor or online. Holding organised group workout classes is prohibited. A workout class that has an instructor leading more than one instructee and that starts at the same time in the same place is a group workout class.

Because there exist some individual activities that are performed on one's own in a very large space (such as a sports hall), the order also calls for additional compliance with the 2 + 2 rule, the 50% capacity requirement in indoor spaces, and the 200 person limit. The latter was added because no upper limit had previously been established regarding the number of people performing activities subject to the 2 + 2 rule in a single large indoor space.

Last updated: 25.02.2021 13:31

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The goal of all the restrictions is to reduce contacts between people, which is why the theme of the restrictions is prohibiting group activities. Contact activities may be carried out either individually with an instructor or virtually.

There are some individual activities that are practiced alone in a very large room (e.g. in an athletics hall), which is why the order additionally contains instructions about following the 2+2 rule, the occupancy of the room not exceeding 50% and the 200 persons limit. The latter was added because previously there was no upper limit to how many people could be in a single large room for activities that followed the 2+2 rule.

Currently it does raise the question whether this means that up to 200 people may actually be together if the 2+2 rule is followed. The answer is no, we should base ourselves on the fact that the infection indicators are very high, as is the risk of infection, and more and more corona patients are arriving at the hospitals. This means that we must all contribute to reducing contacts.

Last updated: 26.02.2021 09:43

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).