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Emergency situation

Don’t believe information that has not been confirmed officially


There is a lot of unproven information about the coronavirus on the Internet. Before changing your behaviour based on the information, check the source. Prefer information that has been confirmed by the public sector and scientific institutions.

Notify of false information


In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we need to stop the spread of false information. Write to covid19[at]riigikantselei[dot]ee if you find information that seems false on social media.

Explain to the elderly what the emergency situation is


The information that reaches many of the elderly is limited and because they are in the risk group, they are very worried. Explain to them what an emergency situation is and how to avoid getting infected. You will make them happy even by just chatting with them and keeping them company.


Measures of the Crisis

Where can you find legislation about the emergency situation? Is the information available also in Russian and English?

Legislation on the emergency situation is published on the website of the Official Journal, where all legislation is available under direct links. Government acts and orders issued by the person in charge of the emergency situation are published as soon as they have been submitted by the Government Office, in both current and earlier wordings if they are amended. The latest legislative acts are marked as ´New´ for ease of use. When new legistlative acts on the emergency situation are published, the Facebook page of the Riigi Teataja is updated accordingly.

All the acts are translated into Russian and English and can be found in Russian at Чрезвычайное положение and in English at Emergency Situation.

Both the acts in Estonian and the translations are regularly updated. The updates are published as the new wording of the whole text.

Additional information can be requested by emailing ert[at]riigiteataja[dot]ee.

Government instructions on preventing COVID-19 are also available on the government website and on the dedicated COVID-19 site



Government commission

Who belongs to the government commission?

The activities of the commission are headed by the Prime Minister. The commission members include: the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Minister of Social Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Education and Research, the Minister of Defence, and the Secretary of State. The commission may include additional members in its work as needed. 

The current inter-agency working group, led by the Minister of Social Affairs, transferred the work to a team assisting the Government Committee, consisting of representatives of the ministries and agencies concerned.

Scientific Advisory Board

What is the role of the Government Committee Scientific Advisory Board?

On 20 March, the Government Committee of the Emergency Situation convened a Scientific Advisory Board to gather and to analyse expert information for the Government Committee. Among other things, the impact of the restrictions currently in force on the prevention and control of the spread of the virus will be assessed.

Professor Irja Lutsar of the Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine of the University of Tartu was approved as head of the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Board.

The members of the Advisory Board are:

  • Krista Fischer, Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Tartu;
  • Kristi Rüütel, Research Secretary of the National Institute for Health Development;
  • Peep Talving, Chief doctor of North-Estonian Regional Hospital, Professor of Surgical Diseases at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at the University of Tartu;
  • Pillerin Soodla, Doctor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Tartu;
  • Andres Merits, Professor and Applied Virologist at the University of Tartu.



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Last updated: 29 May 2020