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Closure and reopening of cultural establishments

What are the restrictions in cinemas, theatres, and concert halls?

Public events (performances, concerts, festivals, folk culture events, fairs, conferences etc.) can be held but with no more than 2,000 visitors attending events in the open air, or no more than 750 visitors attending indoor events (where no more than 50% of the capacity of the room may be filled). The 50% capacity requirement indoors does not apply to theatre performances, concerts and cinema screenings, conferences or public meetings and other events, as long as fixed seating is available for the entire audience. Fixed seating is defined as permanent seats for the purposes of the given space, which are numbered or otherwise marked and assigned to the members of the audience or participants. This includes seats that are assigned based on the planned layout of the room or some other similar permanent solution, but which can be removed in order to arrange other events in the same venue with cleared floorspace. The 50% capacity exception does not apply to events where temporary seating is used.

As of November 16, the 10+2 rule applies in catering establishments, entertainment, and cultural institutions. The 10+2 rule means that a maximum of ten people can be part of one group and that two metres of distance must be kept form other people. There are some exceptions to the 10+2 rule:

  • The restriction does not apply to family members who live in the same premises and are attending together.

  • The restriction does not apply to the employees of the venue.

  • The restriction does not apply when seated in a theatre, concert hall or a cinema with stationary seating, but the 10+2 rule must also be adhered to in these institutions when not seated, including, for example, at the theatre lobby, cinema wardrobe or the concert hall cafe.

  • If these conditions cannot be met within reason.

As of November 16, the entertainment establishments are not allowed to operate from midnight until 6 am. Cultural establishments with permanent seating, such as theatres, cinemas and concert halls may stay open past midnight. A cultural establishment can be open later than midnight if a public meeting or an event is being held, such as a conference, a theatre performance, a concert, or a movie screening, where there is a guaranteed seating, people remain on their seats for the entire duration of the event, and there is no movement during the events. This allows for less contacts between people and reduces the risk of the spread of the virus.

The organisers are obliged to provide access to disinfectants and guarantee the fulfilment of disinfection requirements.

Wearing a mask is strongly recommended.

Какие ограничения действуют для библиотек?

Во внутренних помещениях библиотек следует обеспечивать соблюдение дистанции между людьми.

По возможности вход и выход в библиотеку нужно сделать в разных местах.

По возможности двери нужно держать открытыми, чтобы люди не должны были прикасаться к дверным ручкам.

Библиотека должна обеспечить людям возможность дезинфицировать и мыть руки.

Точное руководство по организации работы библиотек можно прочитать на домашней странице Министерства культуры.

What restrictions apply to libraries?

The following restrictions apply in library premises:

  • Obligation to wear a mask or cover nose and mouth (except 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; 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).

  • So-called 2+2 rule, which means up two persons can be together and need to keep at least 2-metre distance from other persons (does not apply for a family group who share an accommodation, or if the rule cannot be observed within reason).

If possible, separate doorways for entering and exiting the library should be used.

Doors should be kept open, if possible, so that it is not necessary to use the door handle.

Libraries should ensure there are places where visitors can disinfect and wash their hands.

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: 24 September 2020