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Hobby schools, trainings and youth centres

 

Can hobby activities, exercise classes, etc. take place?

As of May 15, it is allowed to organise activities on an individual basis or in groups that have up to 10 members. A teacher, or another educational worker is sharing the room with up to 10 students. The work is organised in as dispersed a manner as feasible, following the 2+2 rule, if possible.

Contact learning is permitted only if it is safe and does not pose a health hazard for both the employees and the students.

It is up to each informal education school and hobby class to decide whether to continue with distance learning or resume contact learning.

More detailed information about the organisation of educational work is available from informal education institutions and hobby schools.

If we have an individual student who wants to continue with the lessons and the teacher is willing to teach, is it possible to carry on with the lessons?

For example, in a case of studying a musical instrument at the music school, then all the learning activities should be organised in the form of distance learning, not in the premises of the informal education school.

Which rules apply to sports after the end of the emergency situation?

Outdoors training equipment and facilities can be used if the owner of the equipment ensures disinfection at least every 24 hours. 2 + 2 rule does not apply to families exercising together. The supervision of compliance is carried out by local governments. In the case of outdoor sports facilities, local authorities may establish their own rules for using them, or, depending on local circumstances, the rules may vary from one municipality to another.

Until the end of May, it is allowed to hold sporting and training events under special conditions, where in one group there are up to 10 participants, including the trainer, an assistant, etc. In the case of activities with high intensity or higher speeds, the recommended difference is 20 meters (running, cycling, etc.).

As of May 18, it is allowed to organise indoor sporting events, and sports clubs, gyms and swimming pools will be opened to allow these activities. Special conditions must be met. The organiser must ensure, among other things, that:

  • the 2+2 rule is observed (i.e. the group must keep at least 2 metres distance),
  • indoors maximum of 50% of capacity is used but one group does not have more than 10 participants.

It is allowed to organise open air sports competitions, if

  • there are no spectators,
  • there are no more than 100 participants,

It is also permitted for all sports teams to train in open air based on the international sports competition regulations.

As of June 1, it is allowed to engage in sports, train, organise sporting and training events under special conditions, if:

  • the 2+2 rule is followed (i.e. the group must keep at least 2 metres distance),
  • the case of activities with high intensity or higher speeds, the recommended difference is 20 meters (running, cycling, etc.).
  • up to 100 participants are allowed.

The opening of sports clubs, including gyms and swimming pools, is also allowed for indoor sports training under special conditions. The size of the group is not limited. The organiser must ensure that in addition to the 2+2 requirement, the maximum indoor 50 % capacity rule is complied with.

As of July 1, it is allowed to organise both indoor and outdoor sports competitions with spectators. The organiser must ensure that the following is observed

  • 2+2 rule
  • maximum 50% capacity rule for indoors (but no more than 500 persons), outdoors no more than 1000 persons.

Can children's summer camps and students' work camps take place at all this summer?

Children's summer camps and students' work camps are allowed starting from June 12. The organizer must ensure the adherence to:

  • the restriction of no more than 300 people;
  • the restriction of no more than 20 people in a group;
  • disinfection requirements according to the Health Board guidelines.

Does the informal learning establishment have the right to ask parents for a fee for their services also in the emergency situation?

If a fee is charged for a service that can be provided in the form of home-schooling, then the school is entitled to charge a fee from the parent for the service provided. If home-schooling is not possible and the service is suspended, then you cannot charge parents for it. We encourage the schools to find a solution in cooperation with the parents so that it would be possible to continue with informal learning when the emergency situation comes to an end.

I am an entrepreneur, offering informal learning services. Will someone compensate me for lost income?

If possible, provision of informal learning should continue, distance learning opportunities could be used. It is important to communicate with parents in order to find a compromise so membership fees will be paid at least partially. Please inform the local government about your continued activities and your need to continued benefits (if any). More information on labour market measures targeted at entrepreneurs can be found on the website of the Government of the Republic. (https://www.valitsus.ee/et/eriolukord-eestis#KKK)

 

Youth centres

How are the activities of open youth centres organised?

As of May 15, youth centres may open again, but all the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Research must be followed.

When organising the youth centre work, it is important to bear in mind that one group cannot have more than 10 participants and one youth worker. Information needs to be available regarding the people visiting the youth centre.

It is recommended

  • to avoid contacts between groups,
  • minimize the number of close contacts,
  • keep the same people in groups.

The movement in the youth centre must be dispersed and following the 2+2 rule. We recommend informing guests that the number of people who are present at the youth centre is limited.

The same instructions as indoors must be observed outdoors, with the exception of requirements for airing the rooms, washing the rooms, and temperature control. The outdoor equipment and publicly used surfaces must be cleaned according to the requirements.

 

Support

What kind of support system can an owner of a hobby school rely on to pay the employees?

The payment of support to compensate for the damages related to the emergency situation is organised by the state through the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. Information on the initial measures is available on the website of the Government of the Republic. The more specific terms of the support will be published on the website of http://www.tootukassa.ee.

Can we count on a support system if we cannot provide the service or if the parents refuse to pay for the service?

If the emergency situation does not permit to carry out the work, the compensation for reduced wages is organized by the state through the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. More specific terms of the support can be found on the web page of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund.

If the parents refuse to pay for the service, it might be feasible to review the contracts and find a compromise. On one hand, the government order no 77 on the emergency situation did not change the tuition contracts, on the other hand there is no reason to pay for services that are not being provided.

As a means of mitigating the crisis, private enterprises of the education sector can apply to the Ministry of Education and Research for support for covering unavoidable costs. More information at https://www.hm.ee/et/uudised/haridusvaldkonna-eraettevotjad-saavad-taotleda-kriisi-leevenduseks-toetust

Can private hobby school teachers working under an employment contract (and most under a law of obligations contract) use a certificate for sick leave due to closures? How to guarantee that a person has an income when hobby education in schools and//

The premises of hobby schools are closed due to the emergency situation but we recommend finding suitable solutions for distance learning -- this ensures the continuation of work and income.

The payment of support to compensate for the damages related to the emergency situation is organised by the state through the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund. Information on the initial measures is available on the website of the Government of the Republic. The more specific terms of the support will be published on the website of http://www.tootukassa.ee.

If there is cause to apply for a certificate for sick leave, this can be done upon an agreement with a family doctor. Persons employed under an employment contract, persons receiving a wage or a fee for a service under a law of obligation contract, members of the management board or the supervisory board of a legal person have health insurance in Estonia.

 

 

 

Last updated: 22 May 2020