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The Government agreed on an additional plan to ease restrictions after the emergency situation

15. May 2020 - 1:01

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 14 May 2020 – At today’s cabinet meeting, members of the government agreed on an additional plan to gradually ease the restrictions imposed during the emergency situation. Special conditions remain in force even with the easing of restrictions. Depending on the epidemiologic situation, the approved plan may be amended.

“Thanks to the sensible and accommodating behaviour of Estonian citizens, we have been able to prevent the darkest scenarios concerning COVID-19 and gain control over the epidemic. As a result of our common efforts, we can discard most of the restrictions and gradually return to our normal life. Nevertheless, we must do everything in our power to remain healthy and prevent a new pandemic,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.

 

Plan for easing restrictions

 

Date Restriction

Sports

18 May 2020 Allow all sports teams to train in open air pursuant to the international rules and regulations of each individual sport.
Allow athletic competitions to be held in open air, no spectators allowed and the number of participants does not exceed 100 people.

Allow to reopen sports clubs, including gyms and pools, for indoor training, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors and no more than 10 people in a group
1 June 2020

Allow to reopen sports clubs, including gyms and pools, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors
  • no more than 100 people outdoors

Public meetings

18 May 2020

Allow public meetings, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors and no more than 10 people
  • no more than 100 people outdoors
1 June 2020

Allow public meetings, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors and no more than 50 people
  • no more than 100 people outdoors
1 July 2020

Allow public meetings, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors and no more than 500 people
  • no more than 1000 people outdoors

Public events

1 July 2020

Allow public events, including movie screenings, concerts, and conferences, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors and no more than 500 people
  • no more than 1000 people outdoors

Social welfare institutions and detention facilities

18 May 2020

Allow visitors into detention facilities, provided that the head of the facility guarantees that:

  • a set of instructions applies for these visits, compiled in cooperation with the Health Board
  • these instructions are followed, guaranteeing the use of personal protective equipment for employees, detainees, and visitors, if necessary
  • these visits are organised in outdoor conditions or special rooms, if possible
  • visitors present a health declaration prior to the visit
  • disinfection requirements are met pursuant to the set of instructions
1 June 2020

Allow visitors into social welfare institutions, shelters, safe houses, and hospitals, provided that the head of a relevant institution guarantees that:

  • a set of instructions applies for these visits, compiled in cooperation with the Health Board
  • these instructions are followed, guaranteeing the use of personal protective equipment for employees, residents, and visitors, if necessary
  • the use of personal protective equipment is mandatory in social welfare institutions
  • these visits are organised in outdoor conditions or special rooms, if possible
  • visitors present a health declaration prior to the visit
  • disinfection requirements are met pursuant to the set of instructions
Allow residents of general or specialised welfare institutions to leave the territory of the institution if they wear personal protective equipment upon necessity.

Entertainment and leisure

1 June 2020

Allow the use of entertainment facilities in water parks, spas, saunas, etc., provided that the service provider guarantees:

  • reducing contacts between people by means of booking systems and other similar solutions
  • maximum occupancy of 50%

Allow the use of entertainment facilities (playgrounds, playrooms, pool rooms and bowling alleys, etc.) in department stores and elsewhere, provided that the service provider guarantees:

  • maximum occupancy of 50%
  • disinfection requirements are met pursuant to the set of instructions by the Health Board

Education and hobby education

15 May 2020 Allow partial contact learning in all educational institutions that have applied distance learning. Contact learning can be organised either individually or in groups of up to 10 people. Studying in the classroom is organised in the most divided manner possible and following the 2+2 rule.
Allow hobby education or recreational activities, either individually or in groups of up to 10 students. The 2+2 rule must be followed.
1 June 2020 Allow hobby education and recreational activities, provided that the organiser guarantees:
  • compliance with the 2+2 rule
  • maximum occupancy of 50% indoors
  • up to 100 people outdoors

Summer camps, student work camps

12 June 2020

Allow summer camps and student work camps, provided that the organiser guarantees:

  • attendance of no more than 300 participants
  • no more than 20 people in a group
  • disinfection requirements are met pursuant to the set of instructions by the Health Board

 

Restrictions that remain in force

  1. No spectators are allowed at sporting events.
  2. Catering facilities can be open, and alcohol sold until 10 p.m.
  3. Casinos, hookah lounges, slot machine rooms, adult clubs, and other similar entertainment facilities remain closed.
  4. Nightclubs remain closed.
  5. People diagnosed with COVID-19 and their close contacts must remain in quarantine.
  6. Residents of social welfare institutions diagnosed with COVID-19 are forbidden to get into contact with other people, excluding the employees of welfare institutions and healthcare employees.
  7. Restriction on the freedom of movement of passengers will apply to excursions on the Tallinn–Stockholm line (i.e. no cruises will can be held).
  8. Restrictions on crossing state borders remain in force (excluding the special agreements with Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland).
  9. People who have crossed the Estonian state border to enter the country are obligated to remain in quarantine for 14 days (excluding the special agreements with Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland).
  10. The 2+2 rule.