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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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Adults cannot enter a swimming pool, a sports club or a spa with only a test certificate. Those who are 18 years of age and older have to present a valid certificate proving that they have either been vaccinated against the coronavirus or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months, in order to participate in activities taking place in checked public spaces. If a person cannot get vaccinated for health reasons, he can participate in activities by presenting a corresponding medical certificate.

Only minors (age starting from 12 years and three months) can participate in checked activities based on just a negative test certificate but they are subject to an exception here: asymptomatic students of general education and vocational schools who are up to 18 years of age or tuning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate for training as they generally have an opportunity to get tested regularly at their educational institutions.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of the certificates alongside an identity document.

Last updated: 12.11.2021 18:09

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It is allowed to do sports and train alone or with companions if these are not activities that have been organised by a club or other organisation, and that also bring in economic income. If the activities do bring in economic income, the organised activities are subject to the control measures in force, as in that case this might involve persons who are not in daily contact with each other and thus raises the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

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Children and adolescents

  • Those under the age of 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.
  • Students who are in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 18 years, or turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result to do sports, train, and compete at sports competitions, provided that they are asymptomatic and studying at a general education or vocational school, as young people are testes several times a week at screening tests taking place in schools.

An exception: students starting from the age of 12 years and three months have to also present a certificate if they participate as competitors in open races, adventure trips, hikes and other such exercise events where most of the participates practice hobby sports, like the Tallinn Marathon, Tartu Maasikumaraton etc. For children under the age of 18, a negative test result (both 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 are suitable, as well as a rapid antigen test done at a general pharmacy up to 48 hours earlier) is also accepted as a certificate. For adults (18+), a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

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 organiser of the activity has the obligation to check the validity of the COVID certificates along with an identity document. Certificates that have a QR code must be checked digitally to make sure that they are authentic.

COVID certificate does not have to be checked at outdoor events taking place on an unrestricted territory, e.g. in the forest or on city streets. In this case it is important to consider that places like the starting corridor, the check of competitors before they enter the starting corridor, the issuing of numbers etc. constitute restricted areas as well. Thus, even if the competition itself takes place in an unrestricted territory, the organisers must ensure that a check of COVID certificates takes place before the start.

An exception: presenting a COVID certificate is not obligatory for athletes who are training or competing under the auspices of a highest national division club of a sports game or a sports federation, and for whom the risk analysis has foreseen corresponding measures for lowering the risks, including regular testing.

Dispersion

Indoors, it is obligatory to ensure dispersion, 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

It is obligatory to wear a protective mask in public indoor spaces, except if it is not possible or reasonable to wear a mask (e.g. in doing direct sports, when coming in contact with water etc). This means that a mask must be worn, for instance, in the lobby and the dressing room but not in the shower room or the pool area. 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.

The activity must end by 23.00 at the latest (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

Events and activities (including sports events) have to end no later than at 23.00. Public indoor spaces (including sports clubs, gyms, swimming pools etc) 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.

Last updated: 22.12.2021 16:37

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The restrictions both indoors and outdoors have been set regardless of what is the purpose or length of the stay. This means that parents entering the building have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery. Presenting a negative test result is not sufficient as a certificate.

Last updated: 25.10.2021 14:58

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This depends on the age of the participant.

  • Children under the age of 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.
  • Asymptomatic children and youths in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 18 years (included) and those turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate if they are studying in a general education or vocational school, as they have the opportunity to participate in rapid testing taking place in schools several times a week.
  • Adults (and 18-19 year olds who do not go to school) have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery in order to participate. If a person cannot get vaccinated for health reasons, she can participate in activities if she presents a relevant medical certificate.

If a young person is not studying at a general education or vocational school, she needs to present a valid COVID certificate just like adults do. For 18-year-olds a negative test result is also accepted, in addition to the vaccination and recovery certificates: suitable tests are 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, as well as a rapid antigen test done at a general pharmacy up to 48 hours earlier. For adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

COVID certificates do not have to be checked at hobby and exercise activities directed at disabled persons.

Last updated: 17.11.2021 21:07

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The Ministry of Education and Research has put together an instruction manual "Practical guidelines for organising camps during the period of the spread of COVID-19 infection" (in Estonian). More information can be obtained by writing to the e-mail info@hm.ee, or calling 5690 0535 or 5690 0340.

Last updated: 22.10.2021 15:19

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The following rules are in force at sports competitions, sorts and exercise events:

COVID certificate

Children and adolescents

  • Those under the age of 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result regardless of whether they are competing themselves or participating at the event as a spectator
  • Students in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 18 years (included) and those turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year who are participating at the sports event as a competitor do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result provided that they are asymptomatic and studying at a general education or vocational school, as young people are tested regularly at the screen testing taking place at schools.
  • If a young person is participating at the event as a spectator (or is not studying at school), it is obligatory for him to present a valid COVID certificate. 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 accepted in addition to a vaccination or a recovery certificate. For adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

An exception: students who are over the age of 12 years and three months have to also present a certificate if they participate in open races, adventure hikes and other similar exercise events where most of the participants practice hobby sports, such as the Tallinn Marathon, Tartu Maastikumaraton etc.

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 toa 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 COVID certificates alongside an identity document.

COVID certificate does not have to be checked at outdoor events taking place on an unrestricted territory, e.g. in the forest or on city streets. In this case it is important to consider that places like the starting corridor, the check of competitors before they enter the starting corridor, the issuing of numbers etc. constitute restricted areas as well. Thus, even if the competition itself takes place in an unrestricted territory, the organisers must ensure that a check of COVID certificates takes place before the start.

An exception: presenting a COVID certificate is not obligatory for athletes who are training or competing under the auspices of a highest national division club of a sports game or a sports federation, and for whom the risk analysis has foreseen corresponding measures for lowering the risks, including regular testing.

Protective mask

It is obligatory to wear a protective mask in public indoor spaces, except if it is not possible or reasonable to wear a mask (e.g. in doing direct sports, when coming in contact with water, in a sauna, by a swimming pool etc). 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.

Dispersion

Indoors it is important to ensure dispersion, 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.

The events must end no later than at 23.00 (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

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: 22.12.2021 16:41

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