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Restrictions and support measures in Ida-Viru county

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By the directive of the Minister of Finance from December 31, 2020, 194 entrepreneurs operating in Ida-Viru County were given €2.13 million in support in total. The support will reach the entrepreneurs at the beginning of this year. The entrepreneur does not need to submit any applications in order to get the support. More info from the web page of the Ministry of Finance.

More than €16 million will be directed to support Harju County and Ida-Viru County through the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Compensation will be paid to those employers in Ida-Viru County whose activities have been seriously disrupted due to extensive restrictions in force between December 28 and January 31.

The employer will be reimbursed payroll costs times 1.5 (includes the social tax and the unemployment insurance premium) for those employees whose work place is located in Harju County as of December 22, according to the employment register. The compensation is transferred to the employers' bank account. Companies receiving compensation may not make redundant those employees for whom they receive compensation within 30 days of the end of restrictions, i.e until February 16, 2021.

Compensation for labour costs is intended for accommodation and catering companies, sports facilities, hobby activities and continuous education, culture. Compensation is paid only to companies that do not have tax arrears to the state or the tax arrears have been deferred as of December 22. The maximum rate of compensation for labour costs per employer is 180,000 Euros.

The support is paid to entrepreneurs as a onetime payment and it is possible to apply for the support through the e-unemployment fund during February, 2021. More information from www.tootukassa.ee/eng or from the information phone of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, 15501.

More than €800,000 will be allocated to support self-employed persons in Harju County and Ida-Viru County.

Self-employed persons whose main field of activity (according to the Estonian Classification of Economic Activities - EMTAK code) was seriously disrupted during the period January 28, 2020 to January 31, 2021 can apply for support. All data will be taken as of December 22, 2020 and the registered business address will be used. The maximum amount of support for the self-employed person is 876 EUR. The self-employed person must have submitted the income tax return for 2019 and their activities may not have been suspended or terminated as of December 22, 2020.

Onetime support payment will be made to entrepreneurs and can be applied for during February 2021 through the e-unemployment fund. More information from www.tootukassa.ee/eng or from the information phone of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, 15501.

The support directed to the tourism sector through the Enterprise Estonia Foundation is nearly €10 million.

Information on the different support mechanism of the Enterprise Estonia Foundation on the web page of the Enterprise Estonia Foundation.

Subsidies in the field of culture and sports

COVID-19 outbreak related extraordinary aid is given to cultural managers of Ida-Viru County that have seen their activities fully suspended or significantly limited by the restrictions set by the Government of the Republic during the period of December 12, 2020 to January 31, 2021. The aim of the round of applications is to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 crisis and the restrictions set to the cultural sector. The total size of the measure is €3.2 million.

The basis for the round of applications is the regulation on COVID-19 outbreak related extraordinary aid to the cultural managers of Ida-Viru and Harju Counties and the explanatory memorandum (PDF).

More info on the web page of the Ministry of Culture.

Grants directed to the field of sports for the period of December 28 to January 17 for Harju County and Ida-Viru County will be provided only through the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. The grants provided through the Ministry of Culture cover the period of December 12 to December 27 in Harju County and Ida-Viru County, and the period of December 12 to January 10 for the rest of the country. Calls for applications will be opened within the month of January. Applications are processed for various sectors by the Ministry of Culture, Estonian National Culture Centre, Integration Foundation or Sports Training and Information Foundation.

Applicants are asked to follow the information channels of the Ministry of Culture - the website and Facebook.

Grants in the field of education and youth

The holders of private general education schools and providers of private informal education and hobby activities can apply for crisis support during the period of January 18 to January 29

The providers of private informal education and hobby activities can submit their application in the portal https://noored.konkursiveeb.edu.ee/

On January 18, an information day for providers of private informal education and hobby activities was held and can be rewatched at:

More info on the web page of the Ministry

€4,259,750 were earmarked from the state budget for the implementation of crisis measures in the field of education and youth in January 2021.

Applications for support to cover unavoidable fixed overhead costs can be submitted by private general education school owners, and the providers of private informal education and hobby activities everywhere in Estonia. The support for Ida-Viru County and Harju County is higher than in rest of Estonia, because the restrictions have been stricter in these counties. The grants are intended to alleviate the impact of the restrictions in force in Estonia from December 12 to January 10, and in Ida-Viru County and Harju County until 17 January.

Private general education schools with a valid activity license receive a onetime flat rate payment of €20 per student in Ida-Viru County.

Private informal education providers receive support of €20 per participant for the period of December 12 to January 3 to mitigate the impact of restrictions in Ida-Viru County. In order to mitigate the effects of the restrictions imposed on the period of December 28 to January 17, the support per participant is up to €30 in Ida-Viru County.

Private hobby activities providers receive support of €20 per participant for the period of December 12 to January 3 to mitigate the impact of restrictions in Ida-Viru County. In order to mitigate the effects of the restrictions imposed on the period of December 28 to January 17, the support per participant is up to €30 in Ida-Viru County.

More information and conditions available at the website of the Ministry.

There is also a restriction to avoid receiving several benefits at the same time, which means that if an undertaking decides to apply for support from the Ministry of Education and Research or the Ministry of Culture for the same period, it will no longer receive payroll support through the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Last updated: 04.02.2021 14:20

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The following restrictions are in force in Ida-Viru County starting from February 1:

The premises of restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments may be open for customers for spending time on site between the hours of 06.00 and 21.00.

Indoors, one table or group may contain up to 6 people (the restriction does not apply to families) and at least 2 meters of distance must be kept from other tables or groups. No restrictions are set on periods when food can be sold for takeaway.

Museums and exhibition spaces may be open for visitors if the 50% occupancy requirement, 2+2 rule and obligation to wear a mask are observed, and the availability of disinfectants and adherence to disinfection requirements according to the guidelines of the Health Board are ensured. Outdoors, a group of visitors may consist of up to 50 people.

Outdoor youth work, informal education, hobby activities, refresher training, and sports and training is allowed in groups of up to 50 people (including an instructor). Indoors, the 2+2 rule must be observed when practicing contact activities and those with a high risk of spreading the virus. Activities with a high risk of spreading the virus are those in the course of which intensive inhaling and exhaling, and aerosol production occurs. This, for instance, pertains to singing, dancing, martial arts, but also playing wind instruments and other activities. Non-contact activities and those with a low risk of spreading the virus may be carried out in a group of 10+1. This pertains, for instance, to painting, guitar lessons, ceramics class. More info: the order of the Health Board "The division of indoor sports, training, youth work, hobby activities, informal education, and refresher training according to contact type and risk level". It must be ensured that the occupancy of the venue does not exceed 50%, and that disinfectants are available and disinfection requirements followed.

The described restrictions do not apply to activities based on the national curriculum, professional sports activities in the competition system of a sports federation, including to members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and to players of teams in the highest national divisions, activities related to military defence and internal security of the state and activities of persons with disabilities, including the provision of social and occupational rehabilitation services.

Indoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events are allowed only within the competition systems of sports federations for teams in the highest national divisions, professional sportspersons, and members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams. Outdoor competitions and exercise events may be carried out with up to 50 participants in a group, including an instructor or a coach. It must be ensured that one group does not come into contact with other groups. Spectators are not allowed. The organiser of the event ensures that the participants are not present at the event location between the hours of 22.00 and 06.00.

Entertainment establishments may stay open until 21.00. The maximum occupancy of entertainment venues may not exceed 50 percent and the limit of up to 250 customers must also be taken into account. The restriction on night time sale of alcohol between the hours of 22.00 and 10.00 will stay in force. Indoors, one table or group may contain up to 6 people (this does not apply to families) and at least a 2-meter distance must be kept with other tables or groups.

In indoor saunas, spas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities, the occupancy may not exceed 50 percent, the 2+2 rule must be observed when moving around, a mask must be worn outside direct contact with water, availability of disinfectants and adherence to disinfection requirements must be ensured.

Public meetings and events are allowed on the following conditions:

  • a rule of 50% occupancy of the seating area of the venue applies to public meetings and events with permanent seating (including conferences, theatre performances, concerts and cinema showings) and sitting must be done in a spread out manner, up to 400 people may participate in an indoor event, and events must end no later than at 22.00;
  • In indoor facilities without permanent seating, activities (e.g. concerts) are allowed only if the visitors are sitting in numbered seats and the sitting in a dispersed manner. The events must end no later than at 21.00;
  • Outside the seating area, people must observe the 2+2 rule when moving around. This means that in common areas, such as wardrobes, lobbies, etc., up to 2 people can move together, keeping a distance of 2 meters from others. This restriction does not apply to families moving around or staying together, or in cases where meeting this requirement cannot be reasonably ensured.
  • Outdoor public events, e.g. fairs, concerts etc. are allowed if the number of participants does not exceed 500 people and disinfection requirements are followed. It is prohibited to organise public events that take place between the hours of 22.00 and 06.00.

Public worship services and other public religious services are subject to a 50% venue occupancy restriction, and services and public religious rites may be performed at an indoor venue with no permanent seating only if the seats are numbered and people are sitting in a spread out manner. It is still obligatory to wear masks indoors, ensure the observation of disinfection requirements, and follow other precautions that help to stop the spread of the virus. Churches and ministers must take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus at the Eucharist and in the administration of other sacraments.

Last updated: 10.02.2021 09:43

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