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Restrictions in education, youth work, hobby and sports activities

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Starting from February 22, the following restrictions apply:

After the end of the school holidays no educational activities will take place on the premises of school buildings for students starting from grade 5 for one week (until March 7), in order to break the infection chains. This means that from March 1 to March 7 it is not allowed to be or move around in the general education school buildings.

The restriction does not apply to students in grades 1 to 4, or if the students require educational support services or the teacher considers that they need consultations in order to achieve learning results, if they are doing practical studies, exams or tests, or are participating in Olympiads.


Indoor informal education and hobby activities, refresher training, sports and youth work must take base on an individual basis during the period of February 22 to March 7. Indoor group activities, including group workouts, are not allowed.

Outdoor sports and training, and carrying out youth work, hobby activities and informal education, and refresher training are allowed, provided that there are no more than 50 persons in a group and the total number of people does not exceed 250. It must be ensured that the 50-member groups do not come into contact with other groups.

Indoors, only individual activities or training is allowed starting from February 22. This includes training with an instructor or a (sparring)partner, and at least a 2-meter distance must be kept with other people. This means that it is also allowed to hold training sessions with a personal trainer but also between two individual athletes (without a coach). Playing in doubles is only allowed in disciplines that are considered to be individual sports. These are tennis, table tennis, padel, badminton, beach volleyball, and beach tennis.

Training can also be conducted between one trainer and one trainee, or from a distance, e.g. via a video link.

The restriction does not apply to those students in grades 1 to 4 who are allowed to be in a school building and are studying in the same class. These restrictions also do not extend to kindergarten groups that come into daily contact with each other, professional sporting activities, including to members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and players in the teams of the highest national divisions, and to activities related to military defence and internal security of the state. The restrictions are also not applied to the activities of persons with disabilities, including the provision of social and occupational rehabilitation services.

Up to 250 people may participate in outdoor sports competitions and it must be ensured that they are spread out. This does not apply to events that have received a permit from the government, e.g. organising the Tartu Maraton.

Indoor sports competitions, and sports and exercise events can be attended only by the teams of the highest national divisions, professional athletes and the members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams participating in the competition system of a sports federation. It is not allowed to organise other indoor sports competitions and exercise events, e.g. c friendly matches or hobby sport competitions. This restriction does not apply to the students in grades 1 to 4 who may be present in school buildings.

Spectators are not allowed at competitions. The organiser of the event must also ensure that the participants are not present at the venue of the event between the hours of 22.00 and 06.00.


The provider of entertainment services must ensure that the number of customers does not exceed 200 persons indoors and 250 outdoors.

Outdoors, people must be spread out, i.e. a 2-meter distance between people must be ensured. The 6+2 rule will remain in force indoors.

An indoor venue for providing entertainment services is, for instance, a night club, a bowling hall, a children's playroom etc. Outdoor entertainment services are different organised activities, e.g. bog hikes, barrel saunas.

At public events in indoor venues with permanent seating (including conferences, theatre performances, concerts and cinema showings) the maximum allowed number of participants is still 400. Outside the seating area (e.g. in wardrobes, lobbies etc.), up to two people can move around together, keeping a distance of at least 2 meters with others. These restrictions to not extend to families moving around or staying together, or if this condition cannot be reasonably met.


The maximum allowed number of participants in public meetings and other public events, including worship and other religious services was also changed: going forward, up to 200 people may participate in indoor public meetings/public events and up to 250 in outdoor events.

Similarly to what applies to entertainment services, the spreading out of participants must also be ensured at outdoor public meetings/events. This does not apply to those public events and sports competitions and events that have received a special permit from the government e.g. Tartu Maraton.


It is generally not allowed to be in saunas, spas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities meant for public use during the period between February 22 and March 7, except for sports and training in certain conditions.

It is only allowed to be in these places in order to use accommodation services, or for doing sports/training, provided that it is ensured that the people are spread out, the occupancy does not exceed 50% and disinfectants are available. For individual swimming as a sporting activity, it is allowed to use those indoor swimming pools that have been registered in the Estonian sports registry and have an assigned number of competition lanes. It is also allowed to use the kiddie pools for individual activities, e.g. a child with a parent or a coach.

The restriction does not apply to professional sports activities taking place within a competition system of a sports federation, including to the members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and players of the teams in the highest national divisions, nor to the activities of disabled persons. The restriction also does not apply to the given venue's owner or employees, people connected to providing emergency services and people necessary for operating the venue, and to activities related to military defence and internal security of the state.

Public saunas may be used by those people for whom the possibility to wash themselves is unavoidably necessary to ensure personal hygiene. This applies to persons who do not have other access to washing facilities.

Last updated: 22.02.2021 14:25

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