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Closure and reopening of cultural establishments

What restrictions are in force for cinemas, theatres, and concerts halls?

From March 3 to March 28, indoor public events (including cinema showings, concerts, theatre performances and conferences) are prohibited. Outdoor public events and meetings are allowed if it is ensured that there are no more than 10 participants in a group, the total maximum number of participants is limited to 250 people and it is prohibited to organise events between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00.

Until March 2, public meetings and events including theatre performances, cinemas, conferences are allowed on the following conditions:

  • a rule of no more than 50 percent occupancy of the seating area of an indoor venue applies to public meetings and events with permanent seating and sitting must be done in a spread out manner, up to 400 people may participate in an indoor event;
  • In indoor facilities without permanent seating, activities (e.g. concerts) are allowed only if the visitors are sitting in numbered seats and the sitting is done in a spread out manner. A rule of no more than 50 percent occupancy of the venue applies. Up to 200 people may participate in the event (goes into force on February 22, 2021). Night-time events are not allowed, activities are prohibited between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00;
  • Outdoor public events, e.g. fairs, concerts etc. are allowed if the number of participants does not exceed 250 people (goes into force on February 22, 2021) and it is prohibited to organise public events that take place between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00.
  • a mask must be worn indoors. This obligation does not extend to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible due to health consideration, the nature of the work or activities, or for some other substantial reason (e.g. masks should not be worn for sports disciplines or activities where breathing becomes more intensive);
  • availability of disinfectants and adherence to disinfection requirements according to the guidelines of the Health Board are ensured.

A concert, theatre performance or cinema starts before 22.00 and lasts past midnight. Is this allowed?

No, it is not. From March 3 to March 28, indoor public events (including cinema showings, concerts, theatre performances and conferences) are prohibited. Outdoor public events and meetings are allowed if it is ensured that there are no more than 10 participants in a group, the total maximum number of participants is limited to 250 people, disinfection requirements are followed. It is prohibited to organise outdoor events between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00.

Until March 2, the following restrictions apply to public events (including conferences, theatre performances, concerts and cinema showings):

  • a rule of no more than 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;
  • In indoor facilities without permanent seating, public events (e.g. concerts) are allowed only if the visitors are sitting in numbered seats and the sitting is done in a spread out manner. Up to 200 people may participate at an event and the occupancy of the venue may not exceed 50 percent. 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 this requirement cannot be reasonably ensured. Outdoor public events, e.g. fairs, concerts etc. are allowed if the number of participants does not exceed 250 people and disinfection requirements are followed. It is prohibited to organise public events that take place between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00.

How to calculate 50% capacity of the room?

The persons responsible must ensure that the sales premises of the shop, the service premises of the service provider or the public space of the trading establishment allows no more than 50% of the use of the available capacity, and the so-called 2+2 rule is complied with while observing the 50% capacity rule.

Thus, 50% of the floor space available for the public use must first be calculated, and since customers must also follow the 2+ 2 rule, this 50% must be divided by 4 to give each customer 4m2 of space.

Example: For a 100 m2 store floorspace, the maximum number of people in the store 100/2/4 = 12.5 people.

Where possible, customers should be informed of the maximum number of customers allowed by posting a note at the door of the premises.

More detailed requirements for the size of groups of people by different places can be found here: https://www.riigiteataja.ee/akt/323112020002?leiaKehtiv

  • When calculating the floor area available for public use, the total floor area of the sales premises, service premises or public space is calculated as a total area including the area covered by various furnishings and items.

What restrictions apply to libraries?

50% capacity restriction must be ensured in the reading, service, or internet use facilities inside the library and in other public areas, and the 2 + 2 rule must also be observed within this restriction.

  • Obligation to wear a mask or cover nose and mouth in public indoor spaces (reading rooms of libraries, internet access points, places of service provision, conferences, informal education, and hobby activities, continuous activities, refresher training, public events and classes). Exceptions are made for children under 12; for people who cannot wear a mask due to health reasons, (such as breathing difficulties, certain mental health issues, or allergies), people with special needs, such as developmental disorders who are not able to wear a mask according to the rules, or are not capable of placing or removing the mask themselves; a person accompanying a hearing impaired person, or a person communicating with a person who needs to read lips or expressions, or needs to hear clear speech in order to communicate; if wearing a mask hinders lip-reading).

  • To ensure 50% capacity restriction, 50% of the floor area of the room for public use must first be calculated. To ensure compliance with the 2 + 2 rule, 50% must be divided by four so that each visitor has 4 m2; the restriction does not apply to families together, children attending the same kindergarten group every day and people with special needs, or if the conditions cannot be reasonably assured.

A sign must be placed on the door of each library room stating how many visitors can be in the room at the same time.

  • In order to avoid over-crowding, a pre-registration system should be put in place, if necessary.

  • Entertainment activities are prohibited on internet access computers. It is permitted to access the State Gazette, visit local government and state websites, pay bills, use the mailbox and perform other activities important for daily life.

  • Shared items (such as a computer for internet access) must be disinfected after each use. The library must ensure the availability of disinfectants and compliance with disinfection requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

  • If the visitor needs help using the internet access computer or other services indoors, the 2 + 2 rule must be followed or the period of close contact must be minimised.

Restrictions on libraries in Ida-Viru County and Harju County (incl. Tallinn) until January 31, 2021 (incl.):

  • The provision of indoor and outdoor entertainment services is prohibited. Restrictions do not apply to online events, contactless events and services:

  • It is prohibited to hold public events (public meetings, public events, including conferences, theatre pays, concerts and movies with stationary seating and without stationary seating) in libraries. Also cinemas, theatres, concert venues, museums and exhibition facilities and catering places within library buildings are closed (take-away of food is allowed).

  • Sports clubs operating in library premises are also closed. Restrictions apply both indoors and outdoors. Clients may not be present in the place of provision of listed services. The restriction shall not apply to employees and persons required to operate the place of service.

  • The exhibition facilities of the library may be open to visitors from January 18, if the 50% limit on the capacity of the venue requirement is observed, 2+2 rule is followed, and the obligation to mask and the use of disinfectants are observed.

  • Informal education, hobby activities, youth work, continuous education and further training activities are not allowed to be carried out indoors. The on-site use of all items related to these activities is also prohibited (eg video and board games, gaming tables). An option to borrow these items for home use should be provided if possible.

  • Restrictions do not apply to online events, and contactless events and services: informal education, hobby activities, youth work, continuous education and further training (including individual training) can be carried out online.

  • Library visitors should be encouraged to use contactless and online services.

  • Libraries will not be closed, but it is recommended that restrictions on public events applicable in Ida-Viru County and Harju County will be applied in all the counties across Estonia.

  • The establishment may impose requirements more stringent than those listed below if this helps to prevent the spread of the virus.

**More information on how libraries should organise their work can be found from the website of the Ministry of Culture


You can still enjoy culture when at home

 

It is possible to participate in many cultural events from a distance. See from the web page of the ministry of culture (LINK) what kind of opportunities the cultural institutions are offering.


Keep a distance when doing sports outdoors in the nature

 

Even though it is tougher for the virus to spread in fresh air, it is still not impossible. Avoid heavily populated places even when moving outside. A 2 metre distance must be kept with other people.


A library home service for the risk group

 

As it is recommended that the elderly population does not go to the library, you should find out whether the local library offers home service.

 

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Last updated: 16 December 2020