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Coronavirus and healthcare

On March 12th, 2020, the Government called together a special Committee tasked with resolving issues arising from events related to spreading of the coronavirus, public health and the economy. The emergency situation was carried out to obstruct the spreading of the virus.



  • Wear a mask

    The obligation to wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth is in force in public indoor spaces, including public transportation and service facilities. An exemption is given to children under the age of 12 and persons for whom it is not possible to wear a mask due to health considerations, special needs, the nature of their work or activity, or other substantial reasons.

  • Follow the 2+2 rule

    The 2+2 rule must be followed in all public indoor-spaces, meaning that up to two people can move around together, keeping a distance of two metres from others. The restriction does not apply to a family moving around together, or if what it prescribes cannot be ensured reasonably.

  • Adhere to the 25% occupancy rule

    It must be ensured that the occupancy of indoor stores and service points of service providers, as well as the public areas of commercial enterprises, does not exceed 25%.

  • People who are sick stay in quarantine

    People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are not allowed to leave their place of residence from their diagnoses until they have been declared recovered. This also applies to the residents of shelters and safe houses who have to stay in quarantine there.


  • Close contacts stay in self-isolation for 10 days

    People who live together with a COVID-19 patient of have come in close contact with one must stay in self-isolation for 10 days and may have limited movement outside their place of residence only if they are asymptomatic.

    It is allowed to leave your home in order to obtain essential goods for everyday subsistence if it cannot be done in any other way, and to be outside if all measures are taken to stop the possible spread of the virus and the guidelines of the Health Board are adhered to.


    Self-isolation do not apply to close contacts who have suffered from COVID-19 and who have been declared healthy by a physician (within 6 months), or to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The last vaccination must have taken place no more than six months ago.




Information from other authorities.


You can find valid and official information regarding the Emergency Situation and the limitations and activities deriving from it, from the websites of Estonian state authorities.

Webpages of governmental authorities will provide instructions and advice as well as frequently asked questions.


    Government of Estonia

    The website provides general information about the emergency situation and government commission. read more »

  • Health Board

    The website provides information about the coronavirus, its prevention, cure and spread. You can also read about the personal protective equipment. Read more »

  • Riigi Teataja

    The website provides legal acts regarding the emergency situation (Estonian, English and Russian). Read more »


Last updated: 20 May 2021