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When eating and drinking on the premises of a catering establishment, all customers or participants over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or the negative results of a prior test. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if the checking of COVID-19 certificates is ensured, and this applies even if the catering establishment is rented out e.g. for birthdays, company parties or other private events.

The organisers have the obligation to check the validity of the COVID certificates. If there is substantiated doubt, the person must be asked to present an identity document.

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

It is not necessary to present the COVID certificate if the catering establishment is entered for picking up pre-ordered takeaway or providing delivery services, but in that case a mask must be worn.

As an exception there is no obligation to check the COVID certificates at a wake taking place at a catering establishment. Taking all precautions is, however, strongly recommended in so that a severe virus would not be what the event is remembered for.

Last updated: 06.09.2021 15:20

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The restrictions set for catering establishments apply to the catering establishments at the airport as well. The dispersion must be organised within reason and possibilities.

Last updated: 27.08.2021 13:09

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Yes, it is, but the restrictions set to catering establishments need to be adhered to: when eating and drinking on the premises of a catering establishment, all customers over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or the negative results of a prior test. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if the checking of COVID-19 certificates is ensured.

At the same time, it is not necessary to present the COVID certificate if the catering establishment is entered for picking up pre-ordered takeaway or providing delivery services, but in that case a mask must be worn.

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

Last updated: 26.08.2021 15:38

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Yes, they must be checked because conference halls are subject to the obligation to present the certificates and this obligation also extends to private events taking place at the place of operations of the company.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 17:53

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It is not necessary to check COVID certificates for providing accommodation services.

It is, however, obligatory to check the infection risk status of persons in activities that have been listed in the order, e.g. catering, spa, water park. Also, if the hotel or resort offers rooms for organising conferences, seminars or entertainment, it is obligatory to check COVID-19 certificates prior to participating in these events.

Last updated: 27.08.2021 13:33

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Yes, it is not obligatory to ask for a certificate if the place is an unrestricted area that is situated in a public space, e.g. on the streets of a neighbourhood.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 18:45

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In public spaces where the COVID infection risk is not being checked (i.e. spaces that can be entered without presenting a COVID certificate) it is obligatory to wear a mask or cover one's nose and mouth. For instance, a mask must be worn in stores, pharmacies, service halls of telecommunication companies and banks, post offices, libraries, as well as the service bureaus of the Police and Border Guard Board, the Social Insurance Board or the Health Board, and elsewhere.

The obligation to wear a mask still does not extend to children under the age of 12 or people for whom wearing a mask would not be reasonable due to health concerns or other substantial reasons.

Stores must make disinfectants available and ensure that disinfection requirements are followed in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board, and that the requirement to disperse people is being adhered to.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 17:44

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No, they cannot, as they are simultaneously a store and a cafe. This means that it is compulsory to wear a mask while buying food as takeaway or providing delivery services and there is an obligation to check the client's infection risk status (COVID certificate) if catering takes place on the premises.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 20:44

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There is no obligation to check the certificate at the stores but other requirements imposed on commercial establishments still have to be followed, regardless of the number of clients.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 20:40

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Wearing a mask and covering their nose and mouth is the client's obligation. The entrepreneur has an obligation to implement activities that are aimed at ensuring that the order is adhered to (that dispersion would be ensured and that the store has disinfectants available).

Last updated: 30.08.2021 19:51

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According to § 24 clause 2 of the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Act, an employer is required to ensure that the requirements established for safety from infection are met at the workplace and according to § 13 subsection 1 clause 11 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act an employer has to provide the employees with personal protective equipment, and according to clause 12 verify compliance with the occupational health and safety requirements. Thus the employer also has to ensure that the employees have masks, if the employer's risk analysis foresees it.

If the employee is not carrying out work duties at the time but is participating in an activity listed in the order of the Government of the Republic, it is his obligation as a client to wear a mask.

Additionally, § 14 subsection 1 clause 4 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (TTOS) says that the employee is required to make correct use of the prescribed personal protective equipment and keep it in working order and if she breaches this requirement, she is liable to the employer. The employer can issue her a warning for breach of duties. In the employment contract an employer and an employee may agree upon a contractual penalty for the violation of the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (TTOS § 14.1).

Last updated: 31.08.2021 22:20

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People do not need to prove a medical contraindication or other special need, including inability to wear a mask, with a separate certificate. People's statements regarding having a contraindication to wearing a mask are considered sufficient. A client is the one who has to substantiate not wearing a mask and in more complicated situations the Health Board can do the evaluation if necessary, involving the Police and Border Guard Board.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 18:33

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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 safery regulation. The working environment risk analysis must foresee possible measures for stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Among others, the employer should consider the following measures: vaccination, proving one's infection risk status, testing employees, reorganising work, using personal protective equipment (e.g. a mask, a protective shield etc.).

Last updated: 02.09.2021 19:25

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If the employer has, in the working environment risk analysis, foreseen the obligation to wear a mask or use other personal protectiive equipment, the employee has the obligation to use them.

Last updated: 02.09.2021 19:19

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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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As of August 26, 2021, the new visuals are being created and will be available soon.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 19:43

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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: 04.05.2021 10:42

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Just like in other public transport, it is also obligatory to wear in mask on ferries. Additionally, in the catering establishments of internal ferries it must be ensured that people are dispersed and the disinfection rules are followed in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Last updated: 26.08.2021 12:40

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Dispersion is not the 2+2 rule but guidance to keep a safe distance with each other. Ensuring dispersion means that it must be ensured that groups of persons or individuals are not too close to each other and in direct contact.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 19:49

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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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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 kriis.ee phone line 1247 or writing to covid19@mkm.ee.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 19:58

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