Restrictions in education, youth work, hobby and sports activities

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The following rules apply to sports, training, youth work, hobby activities, informal education, and refresher training:

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Children and adolescents

Children under the age of 12 years and three months do not have to present a certificate or a negative test result. Students in the age bracket of 12 years and three months and 18 years, as well as those turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result if they are asymptomatic and are studying in a general education or vocational school, as they have the opportunity to participate in the rapid testing taking place several times a week at schools.

Adults (including 18+ youths who do not go to school) may participate:

  • with a COVID certificate proving that they have completed the course of vaccinations, received an additional dose or recovered from the disease and received one dose of the vaccine (equated to a vaccinated person) no more than a year ago
  • with a certificate proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed.
  • with a medical certificate affirming that vaccination is contraindicated to the person for health reasons.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of the COVID certificates along with an identity document. COVID certificates must also be checked if the activity or event takes place at a location where services are provided, i.e. when a swimming pool, sports facility or seminar room is rented out.

COVID certificates do not need to be checked at unrestricted outdoor events (for instance, events that take place in one neighbourhood of a town, where people are in constant movement and it is not possible to determine an activity with a certain location and number of participants).

If a young person is not studying at a general education or vocational school, he has to present a valid COVID certificate in order to participate. For children under the age of 18, a negative test result (a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier or an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier at a health care service provider, or a rapid antigen test done on their own at a general pharmacy up to 48 hours earlier) is also accepted as a certificate. For adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

Dispersion

The organisers have to ensure dispersion indoors, availability of disinfectants and following of the disinfecting requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Limits to the numbers of participants

Up to 1000 people may participate in events and activities indoors, and up to 2000 people outdoors.

Protective mask

Wearing a protective mask is obligatory while engaging in informal education, hobby activities, refresher training etc in public indoor spaces, except in activities where it is not possible, (e.g. in doing direct sports, when coming in contact with water, in the sauna and by the poolside). A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. Wearing a mask is not obligatory for children under the age of 12. If a person cannot wear a mask for health reasons, he must present a medical certificate regarding the contraindication.

Requirements for the employees

It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the risk analysis of the employer. In employment relationships, the basis for going to work, the requirements regarding the use of personal protective equipment and other control measures of the spread of the virus (including the presenting of COVID certificates, testing, mask wearing etc.) is the working environment risk analysis conducted by the specific employer.

Events must end no later than at 23.00

Events and activities have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the establishment's public indoor spaces are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

The objective of the restriction is to allow companies to keep operating but avoid the gathering of people indoors during evening hours, and to reduce contacts between people who do not interact with each other daily.

Last updated: 17.11.2021 20:53

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The following rules are in force for different age groups:

Going to entertainment establishments (e.g. cinema, theatre), eating on the premises of catering establishments, participating in different events and participating in other such checked activities:

Children under the age of 12 years and three months:

  • There are no restrictions: it is not necessary to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result

Age 12 years and three months to 17 (included):

  • Children and adolescents who have been vaccinated, equated to vaccinated (e.g. recovered from the disease and vaccinated) or have recovered from COVID.19 may participate in checked activities
  • It is also possible to participate with a negative test result: suitable proofs are an antigen-RTD test (up to 48 hours earlier)or PCR test (up to 72 hours earlier) done at a health care service provider before participating in the activity or the antigen-RTD test meant for self-testing done at a general pharmacy (up to 48 hours earlier).

Age 18+:

  • Adults have to be vaccinated, equated to vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in order to participate in checked activities
  • A negative test result is not sufficient to participate

Sports, training, youth work, hobby activities and informal education, refresher training, participating in sports competitions, and curricular visits to museums and exhibition facilities:

Children under the age of 12 years and three months:

  • There are no restrictions: it is not necessary to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result

Age 12 years and three months to 18 (included) and young people turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year:

  • There is no obligation to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result if they are studying in a general education or vocational school and they are not symptomatic.

For instance, a 17-year-old student can thus participate in dance practice and go to a class trip to a museum without restrictions but needs to present either a valid COVID certificate or a negative test result certificate that meets the requirements to visit a cinema or a restaurant. An 18- or 19-year-old student can participate in football practice without having to present a certificate or a negative test result but can only visit a cinema or a restaurant with a valid COVID certificate (a negative test result is not sufficient as a certificate).

Last updated: 15.11.2021 13:18

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Dispersion is not the 2+2 rule but guidance to keep a safe distance with each other in a public indoor space. A public indoor space is a room that can be entered by anyone (this also includes public transport).

People have to be and move around in a public indoor space in a dispersed manner. The restriction does not apply to families or in cases where it is not possible to ensure these conditions reasonably.

The person responsible for the activities (i.e. the trader, the service provider, the organiser of the event, the catering establishment etc.) ensures, there would not be an unreasonable amount of people in the space or room. The Government order does not prescribe an exact distance -- ensuring dispersion means that groups of persons (e.g. families) or individuals should not be too close to each other or in direct contact.

Close contacts between people who are not usually together increase the probability of the virus spreading.

Last updated: 25.10.2021 16:34

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For adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate in Estonia for participating in activities taking place in public indoor spaces. The access of unvaccinated people to checked events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected, they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and ending up in a hospital.

Rapid tests that are valid for 48 hours:

  • antigen rapid tests that are used have been approved in the EU and meant for professional use
  • are done by a health care service provider, generally in their own medical centres (e.g. Confido's 17 locations across Estonia, Corrigo in Ida-Virumaa).
  • the test results are entered into the health information system
  • a person gets a certificate to prove a negative result
  • a person pays for the service herself
  • at general pharmacies it is also possible to do rapid antigen tests meant for self-testing, the results of which are issued on a certificate (only valid inside the country).

Only young people between the ages of 12 years and three months and 17 years (included) may participate in public events and activities with a negative test result.

If the test result is positive or unclear, the person must stay in isolation and contact their family doctor to confirm the diagnosis with a PCR test.

More information in the Health Board's instructions for administering rapid tests. (in Estonian).

Last updated: 15.11.2021 13:30

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If a person cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons, i.e. vaccination is contraindicated to him (e.g. he has anaphylaxis or a strong allergic reaction to an ingredient of the vaccine, a previously occurred capillary leak syndrome etc.), they can use a certificate issued by a doctor to participate in activities. A contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination is established by a doctor who documents it with an international disease classification (ICD-10) code, on the basis of which she can issue a paper certificate.

It should be noted that it is only possible to use the abovementioned doctor's certificate to participate in activities within the country. In other countries you have to act according to the restrictions and requirements in force there. People who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons are urgently recommended to also use personal protective equipment, e.g. a FFP2 or FFP3 respirator, while participating in activities, in order to reduce the infection risk.

Last updated: 25.10.2021 13:40

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The exceptions to disabled persons apply in sports, training, hobby activities and informal education, and refresher training. They also apply to participating in sports competitions and events.

If, for instance, the person responsible for the activity is training disabled persons, he can choose whether he checks the certificates of all individuals (including disabled persons) and then the participants are released from the obligation to wear a mask.

The other option is to not check the certificates of only those who belong in the group of disabled persons and then there is an obligation to wear a mask, even if five people out of ten have the certificate. In any case, the choice of approach should be made before the service is provided.

The obligation to wear a mask does not extend to children under the age of 12 and to persons for whom it is not possible to wear a mask for health reasons (e.g. breathing difficulties, certain mental disorders, allergies) or reasonable for other substantial considerations, e.g. special needs or disability. The person should still consider whether health reasons rule out all options of covering one's nose and mouth or whether it would still be possible to reduce the infection risk with some suitable alternative.

A mask does not have to be worn by people with special needs, e.g. if it is not possible for the person to wear a mask as required or put a mask on and take it off by himself due to a mental disorder or a physical aberration. A mask does not have to be worn by a person accompanying a hard-of-hearing person or an individual who is communicating with a person who needs to read from lips, read facial expressions, needs to hear clear speech etc. to communicate if wearing a mask complicates that.

If there are no above described health complaints related to the disability, a mask should also be worn in order to participate in the activity.

Last updated: 26.10.2021 13:23

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The activities of all law enforcement bodies can be challenged or contested in court. In case of questions or a need to specify, both an entrepreneur and a private person always have the option of pre-emptively turning to the state helpline 1247 or writing to covid19@mkm.ee.

Last updated: 22.10.2021 21:51

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