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Restrictions on movement in shelters

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From the evening of April 9, the people in shelters who are infected with the coronavirus or have been in close contact with them are not allowed to leave the place where they are staying and must remain in isolation. The restriction to movement applies to them from the time the disease is diagnosed until they are recovered. They are allowed to leave the shelter only on the order of a health care worker or a police official, or in an emergency situation that threatens their life or health, i.e. the people will be taken to a hospital for treatment if necessary.

To other people staying in a shelter, the same rules apply as to people who are living with a person who has been diagnosed but are not symptomatic and are not in direct contact with the sick person.

A person staying in a shelter must be guaranteed daily food and other necessary aid. In order to ensure security in the shelter, the police is monitoring that the restrictions to movement are adhered to.

Considering that people still need to use a shelter, the sick people and those that have been in close contact with them must be separated from the others. The homeless people who, for instance, arrive to the shelter cannot come into contact with the sick persons.

There are 18 shelter service providers in Estonia. Altogether there are 626 places in the shelters. The locations with the most shelter places are Tallinn -- 264, Tartu -- 52, Narva -- 61, and Pärnu -- 62. There are three institutions that offer shelter services to adults only, in Narva, Haapsalu and Rapla.

Last updated: 12.04.2020 13:14

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