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The following recommendations apply in catering establishments:

Protective mask

It is recommended to wear mask in public indoor spaces. Preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. a FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator), which stops the transmission of the new coronavirus strains effectively.

Keep a distance and disinfect your hands

Disinfect your hands regularly, and in crowded places try to keep a distance with people who you do not come in regular contact with.

Requirements to the employees

It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the results of 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 employer.

Last updated: 03.04.2022 23:18

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Yes, you do.

The restrictions (dispersion, mask wearing etc.) apply based on the location, regardless of whether it is a private event or a regular restaurant visit. The same approach is also obligatory if, for instance, a theatre or a cinema hall, a conference space is rented out for a private event.

Last updated: 14.03.2022 23:03

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Wearing a protective mask is recommended It is recommended to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces, especially for risk groups. 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 coronavirus from spreading.

Dispersion

Try to keep reasonable distance, and wash or disinfect your hands regularly.

Requirements for the employees of hair and beauty salons

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 employer -- even if the hairdresser has their own company and she is a renter in the space. I.e. it is obligatory to behave in accordance with the risk analysis of the company.

Last updated: 05.04.2022 14:40

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Dispersion, the availability of disinfectants and following the disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board must be ensured at the indoor premises of catering establishments.

Last updated: 14.03.2022 22:48

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Wearing a protective mask is recommended It is recommended to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces, especially for risk groups. 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 coronavirus from spreading.

Dispersion

Try to keep reasonable distance, and wash or disinfect your hands regularly.

Requirements for the employees

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 employer.

Last updated: 05.04.2022 14:42

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Adhere to the following recommendations in stores and commercial establishments in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus:

A protective mask is recommended

It is recommended to wear a protective mask in public indoor spaces. 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 new coronavirus strains from spreading.

Keep a distance and disinfect your hands

Disinfect your hands regularly, and in crowded places try to keep a distance with people who you do not come in regular contact with.

Requirements for the employees

It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the results of 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 employer.

Last updated: 03.04.2022 23:22

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No, wearing a mask, keeping a reasonable distance, as well as the regular washing or disinfecting of hands are all recommendations.

Last updated: 05.04.2022 14:17

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People for whom wearing a mask is contraindicated for health reasons have to present a certificate that has been issued by a health care service provider to prove that fact.

Wearing a mask is generally the responsibility of each individual themselves but in commercial establishments, service and other unchecked public indoor spaces the observation of the obligation to wear a mask must also be monitored by the service providers and traders. This means that a trader is not allowed to permit people who are not wearing a mask to enter it's sales or service area. Children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a protective mask.

It should also be kept in mind that a scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is clearly not meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. This is necessary for achieving the objective of mask wearing more efficiently -- to stop the spread of the coronavirus and thus protect the life and health of the people.

The order of the Government does not regulate the mask wearing obligation of the employees of the store or the service provider: in employment relationships, the requirements to go to work and use personal protective equipment (including wearing a mask) are based on the pre-emptive measures enacted in the risk analysis of the working environment.

Last updated: 14.03.2022 22:59

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If it is not public space then the obligation to wear a mask does not extend to the back rooms of commercial establishments. The obligation to wear a mask does extend to service providers as well, if such an obligation is foreseen in their employer's risk analysis.

Last updated: 31.08.2021 22:40

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The basis for the requirement for the employees to wear a mask is the occupational health and safety regulation. In employment relationships the basis for going to work and using personal protective equipment (e.g. a mask) is the risk analysis of the working environment.

It is the task of the employer to evaluate the risks present in the working environment (including risks related to the spread of the virus), their effect on the health of the employee and, according to the results of the analysis, enact measures to lower the risks.

As a preventative measure, the employer might, for instance, foresee in the risk analysis that the employees have to get vaccinated if it is necessary to safely perform their professional duties. It is also possible to use other relevant measures, for instance to obligate the employees to wear personal protective equipment (including a mask, a protective shield), testing, reorganisation of work etc.

Last updated: 24.10.2021 21:07

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It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the risk analysis of the employer.

If the employer has, in the working environment risk analysis, come to the conclusion that the risks related to the spread of the virus have been lowered sufficiently with the use of other personal protective equipment, e.g. a visor or a protective glass, the employer does not have to wear a protective mask.

If the risk analysis has established that wearing a protective mask is necessary to safely perform the professional duties, the employee is obligated to wear a mask.

It is the task of the employer to assess the risks present in the working environment (including risks related to the spread of the virus), their effect on the health of the employee, and enact measures to lower the risks, in accordance with the results of the analysis. If it is necessary to carry out professional duties safely, the employer's risk analysis might also foresee the vaccination of employees, regular testing, reorganisation of work etc. in addition to using personal protective equipment as pre-emptive measures.

More information on lowering the risks during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in the Tööelu (Work Life) portal (in Estonian).

Last updated: 23.10.2021 12:04

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Yes, it can. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, an employer has a legal obligation to do a working environment risk analysis, evaluate the risks stemming from a biological risk factor to its employees and plan corresponding measures to lower the risks. Based on the results of the analysis carried out in the working environment, the employer can determine in the risk analysis that in order to work in certain positions it is compulsory to get vaccinated, present a certificate proving recovery from COVID-19, do a COVID-19 test, or wear a mask. These measures can be implemented as alternatives to each other or simultaneously (e.g. vaccination/certificate and mask).

It is in the interests of all of us that the society remains as open as possible, and thus it is necessary to use all possible means to keep it that way in the future.

Last updated: 02.09.2021 19:23

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The duty to notify has not been imposed with a legal act. It has been taking place as cooperation between the state and the trader.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 19:46

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Yes, it is true that payments should be made

  • preferably contactlesly (payment limit has been temporarily raised to 50 Euros) or
  • with a bank card, as usual.

If possible, do not use cash.

If you have no other option than paying in cash, be vigilant about hand hygiene.

Last updated: 29.10.2021 16:28

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Just like in other public transport, it is also obligatory to wear in mask on internal ferries (except in activities where it is not possible, e.g. while eating in the restaurant). A mask is not obligatory for children under the age of 12. People who have a contraindication to wearing a mask for health reasons must present a corresponding certificate to the checker.

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. 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.

Additionally, in the catering establishments of internal ferries it must be ensured that people are dispersed, disinfectants are available, and the disinfection rules are followed in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Last updated: 14.03.2022 23:01

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

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

Last updated: 07.06.2022 12:45

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Yes, it is.

The yellow immunisation passport is issued at the request of a person by a family doctor or some other medical worker carrying out vaccinations. If a person already has an immunisation passport and he wishes to prove his vaccination status with it later, he should bring it along to the vaccination. In that case, the person carrying out the vaccination can make a corresponding note in the passport. People who have been vaccinated abroad can also prove their vaccination status with the immunisation passport.

Among other things, the passport contains the disease against which the immunisation was administered, the date of immunisation, immune preparation that was used, the lot number of it, and the number of doses administered, also the name and other data of the immuniser.

Last updated: 07.08.2021 19:05

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