The police and public order

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Yes, the police will come to help you if your life, health or property is at risk. When calling the emergency number, you should let the first responders know if you, or any member of your family has been infected with the coronavirus, so that the police will know to take this into account.

Last updated: 01.05.2020 14:32

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Yes, it is publishable. The joint effect of the Penal Code (section 262(1)) and the Law Enforcement Act (section 55 (1(2)) provides that knowingly spreading false information can be penalised with a monetary fine or arrest. The Law Enforcement Act prohibits disturbing public order. Among other things, threatening and intimidation are also considered as disturbing public order. Knowingly spreading false information is one of ways to threaten and intimidate others and as such also punishable as an act of disturbing public order. For more on this, read the article of the legal scholar Jaan Ginter in Postimees.

Last updated: 24.05.2020 15:35

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Currently, there are no time-based restrictions on movement. As of 25 March, in public places (such as outdoor playgrounds and open air sports facilities, beaches, promenades, hiking and biking trails) and indoor spaces (except at home), people must keep a distance of at least 2 m from others. Only two people at most can gather in public places. This restriction does not apply to families moving around together and to people in official public functions.

Taking a walk is always good for the health if you keep a reasonable distance with other people and comply with hygiene requirements.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 18:59

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The Health Board, together with the police, focuses primarily on informing the public. No health checks are performed on streets. However, a situation could arise where it is necessary to assist a person displaying symptoms, including calling for an ambulance, in these cases assistance will be provided.

Last updated: 01.05.2020 14:32

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If the police needs to intervene immediately, call 112. If the requirement to self-isolate had been violated earlier, or it might occur in the future, i.e. you would like to issue a warning which does not require an immediate response, contact your local police. Contacts are available on the Police and Border Guard Board [website]:https://www.politsei.ee/et/piirkondlik-politseitoeoe

Last updated: 05.04.2020 23:10

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We advise you to be vigilant and not to come across suspicious offers. If the scam has not yet been committed, send a report of the facts to info@politsei.ee. If the fraud has already taken place, a police statement needs to be filled out: https://www2.politsei.ee/en/.

Last updated: 25.03.2020 13:16

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Yes, children have the right to go outdoors if they are healthy. As of 25 March, in public places (such as outdoor playgrounds and open air sports facilities, beaches, promenades, hiking and biking trails) and indoor spaces (except at home), people must keep a distance of at least 2 m from others. Only two people at most can gather in public places. This restriction does not apply to families moving around together and to people in official public functions.

If the police notice anything of the sort, they can disperse the group in the interests of the children’s safety and send them home.

Last updated: 11.04.2020 13:05

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The best way to help law enforcement authorities and everyone else is to avoid any unnecessary movement in crowded places, to comply with hygiene requirements and to share relevant information with your loved ones. If, however, you are willing to contribute to law enforcement as a volunteer and your state of health and that of those close to you allows it (no one has been infected or being abroad in the last two weeks), you can find out more about becoming an Assistant Police Officer at www.abipolitseinik.ee.

Anyone who does not want to become an assistant police officer but wishes to offer some other kind of, will be registered by the police department coordinators, and if the Police and Border Guard Board has the need for their assistance, they will be contacted. If the Police and Border Guard Boards needs volunteers, then this information will be placed on the website of the Vabatahtlike Värav (Volunteer Portal).

Last updated: 01.04.2020 18:41

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Police officers who are ill or suspected of being ill are immediately excluded from work.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 18:38

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The Health Board is not planning to pay any home visits at the moment. Furthermore, each official must show his/her certificate of employment on request. In case of doubt, you should call the Emergency Response Centre at 112 or its hotline at 1247.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 18:34

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Police officers are provided with the necessary personal protective equipment: rubber gloves and protective masks, as well as disinfectants. When a police officer comes into contact with a person showing some signs of illness, the latter, i.e. the person with signs of illness, is given a protective mask to prevent the further spread of infection.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 18:30

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Anyone who has been exposed to the infection or has been abroad in recent weeks should first and foremost monitor their health and consult their general practitioner immediately if symptoms occur. It is difficult or even impossible for bystanders to make such an assessment in a city setting, so it is worth avoiding premature assessments of the state of health of others. Of course, if you notice someone whose life or health is in danger and who needs immediate medical attention, call the Emergency Response Centre at 112.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 18:28

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The police are currently continuing all their work on security, including traffic supervision.

Last updated: 25.03.2020 13:24

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If you are ill, make sure you tell the alert centre when calling 112. In addition to rescuers, an ambulance will be sent to you. We will certainly provide assistance to all those in need.

Last updated: 25.03.2020 13:34

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Currently, the best help to rescue services is to avoid unnecessary movement in crowded places, to comply with hygiene and home fire safety requirements, and to share relevant information with your loved ones. More about joining voluntary rescue can be found on the Rescue Board's website at https://www.rescue.ee/en.

Last updated: 25.03.2020 13:35

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If the rescuer is ill or at risk of infection, he or she will immediately stay home. Rescuers who have been exposed to the infected person will also remain at home.

Last updated: 13.04.2020 15:15

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Every rescue car has protective masks, rubber gloves and disinfectants. Vehicles and rescue equipment are being cleaned daily. All rescuers have received instructions on how to avoid the risk of infection, how to act on the scene, and what tools to use.

Last updated: 25.03.2020 13:37

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The Rescue Board has not made any changes to the rescue work and rescue work continues. They are always responding to calls where people's lives, health and property may be in imminent danger.

In order to limit the spread of the virus, the Rescue Board temporarily suspended home counselling and visits of safety inspectors. As of May 18, safety inspection services continue and home visits will be made in reduced numbers. This means that home counselling will be provided, and people in risk groups will not be visited. Chemical and fire safety inspections continue where necessary, except in those buildings that are closed to prevent the spread of the virus. The project Fire-safety at Home is also moving forward – the work has been ongoing but now it is possible to move with the work to people´s homes.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 20:12

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During the emergency situation, counselling at homes was suspended, and as of May 18, the Rescue Board continues with home counselling at reduced levels. During home counselling all hygiene rules and distance maintenance rules will be observed, and a person has always the right to refuse home counselling.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 20:12

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The training and equipment of voluntary rescuers differs from that of professional rescuers. When called, the rescuers sent to the rescue event have the skills and equipment needed to deal with the event, whether they be professional, volunteer, or a rescue team of professionals and volunteers.

Last updated: 25.03.2020 13:47

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The rescuers from Latvia can still drive out to help if need be. This can be done provided they themselves have enough free resources for this.

Last updated: 15.05.2020 14:24

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Companies are obligated to see to it that neither employees nor clients have symptoms of illness. If a person refuses to leave, call security or the police.

Last updated: 13.04.2020 12:29

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The front line workers of the Police and Border Control Board use masks, gloves and disinfectants. They have all these materials and supplies are sufficient.

Last updated: 01.04.2020 16:46

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