Public services and virus safety

The services necessary for ensuring the safety and security of the Estonian society are available. If possible, the services are provided from a distance; measures are taken to limit the spread of the virus if contacts are unavoidable.
Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

Do the police and rescuers come to a person who is sick?

  • The police and the rescue service will always come to help if a person’s life, health or property is in danger.
  • If you call the services to an infected person, you definitely need to mention that, so that the police and the rescue team would know to use maximum personal protective equipment (rubber gloves, masks and disinfectants).
  • All police officers and rescuers have been instructed on how to avoid infection risk, keep a distance at the scene or when counselling at home, and follow the hygiene rules.

  • The rescue worker will give a protective mask to a person who is symptomatic, in order to avoid the spread of the virus.

How is the work of local municipalities organised?

  • The local municipalities prefer distance work solutions in order to avoid the spread of the virus.
  • Intra-organisational work meetings, council sittings and other such indoor meetings are allowed but in order to avoid close contacts, it is recommended that council sittings, for instance, are carried out electronically as a technical solution that allows video streaming.
  • At meetings with physical participation, it is ensured that the participants are dispersed, masks are worn in unchecked indoor conditions and disinfectants are available.

How is the work of courts organised?

  • The court organises their work so that all parties of the proceedings are safe in court.
  • It is not allowed to come to court if you are ill. If a party to a proceeding has become ill, the court and other parties need to be informed of it immediately so that the future continuance of the proceedings could be agreed upon.
  • In the courtroom, the dispersion rule is in force, a mask must be worn and disinfectants must be available and used.

How is the work of notaries organised?

  • Under the conditions of restrictions and restricted travel, notarial transactions and acts in Estonia are being authenticated remotely.
  • Remote authentication is the performance of notarial acts over a video bridge created between the notary and the client. This kind of authentication is equal to authentication that takes place at the presence of a notary.
  • With this solution of performing professional operations remotely, the notaries are keeping their services constantly accessible and independent from the restrictions accompanying the virus.

How to visit an imprisoned close one and get information about their health?

Prison visitations with close ones are permitted according to the risk level that applies in the country. You can find the requirements in force for the visitations from the web page of the Prison Service: short term and long term visits.

Information about the health of a close one is issued only with a written consent of the prisoner. If the prisoner has consented to sharing his health information with his close ones, the prison responds to a query no later than by the end of the working day following the query. The questions and queries must be sent in a digitally signed form by e-mail.

The contacts for registering for a visitation and forwarding health queries:

Last updated: 11.11.2021