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The restrictions in force in Estonia starting from March 11

The requirement to wear a mask or cover the nose and mouth in public indoor spaces, including in public transportation

The requirement to wear a mask or cover the nose and mouth is in force in public indoor spaces, including in public transportation and service facilities (except for children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health considerations, special need, the nature of the work or activity or some other substantial reason). A public indoor space is a space designated for public use that can be entered by anyone wishing to do so, without, for instance, a requirement to register in advance; it is a space densely populated with people who do not come into daily contact with each other.


The 2+2 rule is in force both in public indoor spaces and outdoors

The 2+2 rule must be followed in all public indoor spaces and outdoors - this means that up to 2 people may move around together, keeping a 2 metre distance from other people. The restriction does not apply to families moving around together or if it is not reasonable to ensure this, for instance if there are many passenger in public transportation where, in addition to keeping the maximum possible distance, there is an obligation to wear a mask.


There is a 25% occupancy limitation and opening time restrictions in force for indoor sales area of store, service area of a service provider, and area of public use of a commercial enterprise

Stores and commercial enterprises must remain closed starting from March 11. Selling from a window and drive-in sales in outdoor spaces remain allowed.

The opening time restrictions do not extend to grocery stores, filling stations, pharmacies, optical stores, as well as stores that sell medical devices and aid equipment, the sales points of the representations of telecommunications companies or pet stores, regardless of the location of the store. However, it must be ensured that the occupancy of these spaces does not extend 25% and that the 2+2 rule is also followed within that 25% occupancy.

This means that first 25% needs to be calculated from the floor space that is meant for public use in -the room and as customers also have to follow the 2+2 rule, this 25% needs to be divided by four so that each customer would be allocated 4m2.

Enterprises providing services may also remain open; the 25% occupancy limit applies to them as well. The rules meant to limit the spread of the virus must be followed: the 2+2 rule, mask wearing, adhering to the disinfection requirements in accordance with the guidelines of the Health Board.

NB! The entrepreneurs who have further questions about the restrictions on commerce are invited to ask them by e-mail at covid19@mkm.ee.


Catering establishments are closed

Catering establishments are closed starting from March 11.

The only people allowed to be in the sales or service area of a catering establishment are those there to buy food as takeaway or provide delivery or transportation services, the owner of the catering establishment or her representative, the employees, people there in connection with providing emergency services, and people necessary for operating the facility.

Selling food for takeaway is allowed.


Public events, meetings, worship services, and the culture and entertainment sector

It is not allowed to organise indoor public events, including cinema showings, concerts, theatre performances or conferences, as well as public worship services and other religious services. It is also not allowed to be in venues where entertainment services are provided, e.g. in a casino, a night club, a bowling or pool hall, or in a children's playroom, museums or exhibition venues.

The only public events or public worship services that may be carried out outdoors are the ones where the participants are limited to groups of up to 10 people. It is allowed to be in the outdoor spaces of museums while observing the 2+2 rule, with the calculation that the occupancy of a territory with an enclosed space cannot exceed 25 percent. It is not allowed to organise events between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00.

Spas, saunas, water parks and swimming pools will also remain closed.

Last updated: 12.03.2021 13:38

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Starting from March 11, the following restrictions apply:

Education

Distance learning will continue until April 25 in general education schools, vocational schools and institutions of higher education, including for primary school students.

Additionally, the government strongly recommends not taking children to kindergarten and child care.

Only a student who requires educational support services, consultations to achieve learning results, is participating in practical studies or is taking exams or tests can be present in school buildings.


Youth work, hobby activities, informal education, and refresher training

All indoor activities related to youth work, hobby activities, informal education, and refresher training are prohibited. The restriction does not extend to the activities of people with special needs and rehabilitation.

These activities are allowed outdoors only if the 2+2 rule is adhered to. This means that no more than 2 people (including an instructor) can move around together, keeping at least a 2-metre distance from other people.

Depending on the activities, the recreational services go either under entertainment or hobby activities, sometimes also under sports, that are only allowed outdoors if it is ensured that no more than two people, including the instructor, are participating in the activities. For instance, the ski slopes are open because ski rental does not usually bring about organised activities that are attended by a group larger than two people. However, if the organiser of the activities is instructing more people at once, this activity is not allowed.

The restrictions do not apply to families and the activities of people with special needs, including the provision of social and occupational rehabilitation services.


Indoor and outdoor sports

  • All indoor sports activities are prohibited. The restriction does not extend to the activities of people with special needs and rehabilitation.
  • Outdoor sports and training activities are allowed only if the 2+2 rule is adhered to. This means that no more than two people (including the instructor) are allowed to move around together, keeping a distance of at least 2 metres from other people. The restrictions do not extend to families or the activities of people with special needs, including the provision of social and occupational rehabilitation services.
  • The restrictions on indoor and outdoor sports do not extend to professional athletes, members and candidates of the national team. These restrictions also do not extend to the activities related to the military defence and internal security of the state.

Sports competitions and exercise events

Sports competitions are only allowed for professional athletes, the members and candidates of the national team and the highest national league. The competitions of the second national league are prohibited.

The restriction on exercise events does not extend to the activities of people with special needs and rehabilitation, as well as activities related to the military defence and internal security of the state.


Public events, meetings, worship services, and the culture and entertainment sector

It is not allowed to organise indoor public events, including cinema showings, concerts, theatre performances or conferences, as well as public worship services and other religious services. It is also not allowed to be in venues where entertainment services are provided, e.g. in a casino, a night club, a bowling or pool hall, or in a children's playroom, museums or exhibition venues.

The only public events or public worship services that may be carried out outdoors are the ones where the participants are limited to groups of up to 10 people. It is allowed to be in the outdoor spaces of museums while observing the 2+2 rule, with the calculation that the occupancy of a territory with an enclosed space cannot exceed 25 percent. It is not allowed to organise events between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00

Spas, saunas, water parks and swimming pools will also remain closed.

Last updated: 01.04.2021 11:13

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People diagnosed with COVID-19 have the obligation to quarantine and close contacts have a 10-day self-isolation requirement.

  • A close contact who has had the COVID-19 disease within the last six months and has been reclared recovered by a doctor or who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 within the last six months does not have to stay in quarantine.
  • A close contact who has had COVID-19 or has been vaccinated against it still has the obligation to wear a protective mask or cover his nose and mouth for 10 days in indoor spaces where he comes into contact with people who he is not living with daily. The obligation to wear a mask does not extend to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health considerations, the nature of the work or activity or other substantial reasons. You can find the guidelines for close contacts in three langugaes HERE

Travelling and self-isolation

  • the 10-day self-isolation requirement for people entering Estonia from high risk countries is still in force.
  • Depending on the country of departure, it is possible to reduce the self-isolation period by doing two corona tests -- one immediately after arriving in Estonia and the other no sooner that on the sixth day after receiving the negative result of the first test.
  • Starting from February 2, the people who have had the COVID-19 disease within the last si months and have been declared recovered by the doctor or who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease within the last six moths are exempt from the self-isolation and testing requirements. They still have to adhere to the restrictions in force in Estonia and follow all the measures adopted to stop the spread of the disease.

Information on which countries' arrivals are subject to movement restrictions and whose citizens and residents must go through testing is published on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Last updated: 10.03.2021 09:47

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