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What restrictions apply to stores?

In public spaces where the COVID infection risk is not being checked (i.e. spaces that can be entered without presenting a COVID certificate) it is obligatory to wear a mask or cover one's nose and mouth. For instance, a mask must be worn in stores, pharmacies, service halls of telecommunication companies and banks, post offices, libraries, as well as the service bureaus of the Police and Border Guard Board, the Social Insurance Board or the Health Board, and elsewhere.

The obligation to wear a mask still does not extend to children under the age of 12 or people for whom wearing a mask would not be reasonable due to health concerns or other substantial reasons.

Stores must make disinfectants available and ensure that disinfection requirements are followed in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board, and that the requirement to disperse people is being adhered to.

What restrictions apply to catering establishments (restaurants, cafes, bars etc)?

When eating and drinking on the premises of a catering establishment, all customers or participants over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or the negative results of a prior test. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if the checking of COVID-19 certificates is ensured, and this applies even if the catering establishment is rented out e.g. for birthdays, company parties or other private events.

The organisers have the obligation to check the validity of the COVID certificates. If there is substantiated doubt, the person must be asked to present an identity document.

Dispersion and following the disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board must also be ensured at the indoor premises of catering establishments.

It is not necessary to present the COVID certificate if the catering establishment is entered for picking up pre-ordered takeaway or providing delivery services, but in that case a mask must be worn.

As an exception there is no obligation to check the COVID certificates at a wake taking place at a catering establishment. Taking all precautions is, however, strongly recommended in so that a severe virus would not be what the event is remembered for.

What kind of restrictions apply on ferries?

Just like in other public transport, it is also obligatory to wear in mask on ferries. Additionally, in the catering establishments of internal ferries it must be ensured that people are dispersed and the disinfection rules are followed in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Is there an obligation to check COVID certificates at the general areas (reading area, recreational area etc.) of hotels or hostels?

It is not necessary to check COVID certificates for providing accommodation services.

It is, however, obligatory to check the infection risk status of persons in activities that have been listed in the order, e.g. catering, spa, water park. Also, if the hotel or resort offers rooms for organising conferences, seminars or entertainment, it is obligatory to check COVID-19 certificates prior to participating in these events.

Should payments be made only by card during the pandemic, in order to avoid virus transmission with cash?

Yes, it is true that payments should be made

  • preferably contactlesly (payment limit has been temporarily raised to 50 Euros) or
  • with a bank card, as usual.

If possible, do not use cash.

If you have no other option than paying in cash, be vigilant about hand hygiene.

Is the yellow paper based immunisation passport also suitable for proving one's vaccination status?

Yes, it is.

The yellow immunisation passport is issued at the request of a person by a family doctor or some other medical worker carrying out vaccinations. If a person already has an immunisation passport and he wishes to prove his vaccination status with it later, he should bring it along to the vaccination. In that case, the person carrying out the vaccination can make a corresponding note in the passport. People who have been vaccinated abroad can also prove their vaccination status with the immunisation passport.

Among other things, the passport contains the disease against which the immunisation was administered, the date of immunisation, immune preparation that was used, the lot number of it, and the number of doses administered, also the name and other data of the immuniser.

Is it allowed to offer breakfast in hotel restaurants?

Yes, it is, but the restrictions set to catering establishments need to be adhered to: when eating and drinking on the premises of a catering establishment, all customers over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or the negative results of a prior test. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if the checking of COVID-19 certificates is ensured.

At the same time, it is not necessary to present the COVID certificate if the catering establishment is entered for picking up pre-ordered takeaway or providing delivery services, but in that case a mask must be worn.

Dispersion and following the disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board must also be ensured at the indoor premises of catering establishments.

Is there an obligation to ask for the COVID certificate and follow the dispersion rule at catering establishments located at the airport?

The restrictions set for catering establishments apply to the catering establishments at the airport as well. The dispersion must be organised within reason and possibilities.

 

Last updated: 28 August 2021