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The government approved nationwide restrictions on COVID-19 control

29. January 2021 - 0:00

Stenbock House, 29 January 2021 – At an e-session, the government approved the organisation of restrictions on preventing the spread of the coronavirus. In Harju County and Ida-Viru County, the renewed restrictions will take effect on Monday, 1 February, and in other Estonian counties on Wednesday, 3 February. As the spread of the coronavirus is extensive and the number of infections is very high throughout the country, the national restrictions are being harmonised.

The current general rules will apply, pursuant to which a mask must be worn everywhere indoors and, unless otherwise stated, the 2 + 2 rule must be followed. The availability of disinfectants and compliance with disinfection requirements must be ensured. Masks do not have to be worn by children under the age of 12 or if the mask is contraindicated due to health or is incompatible with the nature of the activity.


Catering establishments

In catering establishments, up to six guests may be seated at one table and there must be at a distance of at least two metres from other people. For on-site dining, catering establishments must close their doors from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. No restrictions will be established on the time for take-away sales.



Entertainment venues

Entertainment venues are subject to similar principles as catering establishments. Visiting is allowed in groups of up to six members, who must keep a distance of at least two metres from other groups. The doors must be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The maximum occupancy of the room can be up to 50 percent.

In either case, the six-person limit does not apply to families.



Public meetings and public events

Public meetings, public events, and religious services with stationary seating


The 50% occupancy limit is applied to indoor events with stationary seating. A dispersed seating model must be applied. Visitors must follow the 2 + 2 rule outside the seating area. The rule does not apply to families or cases where this cannot be reasonably guaranteed. The restrictions apply, for example, to theatre performances, cinema screenings, concerts, conferences, but also to services and public religious services with stationary seating.



Public meetings, public events, and religious services without stationary seating

Indoor activities are only allowed if numbered seats can be provided. The people must be dispersed and follow the 2 + 2 rule outside the seating area. The occupancy of the room must not exceed 50 percent. Night events are not allowed, activities are prohibited from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.



Sports, training, youth work, recreational activities and hobby education, refresher training, and refresher courses

Indoor contact activities with a high risk of viral spread must be in compliance with the 2 + 2 rule. The occupancy of the room must not exceed 50%.  Activities with a high risk of viral spread are those that involve intensive inhalation and exhalation and high aerosol formation.

Non-contact and low-risk activities may be performed in a 10 + 1 group.

In sports with a high risk of the spread of the virus, activities can be carried out in a 10 + 1 group if the risk mitigation measures developed in co-operation between the sports governing body, the Ministry of Culture, and the Health Board are followed. Mitigating the risk of spreading the virus means, for example, ventilating the premises, dispersing people, avoiding contact between different groups, and so on. If the risks cannot be mitigated or are not mitigated, the activities must be carried out taking into account the 2 + 2 rule.

The Health Board publishes a list of high- and low-risk sports and recreational activities on its website.

In outdoor conditions, the number of group restrictions on sports, training, youth work, recreational activities and hobby education, refresher training, and refresher courses will be increased from 25 to 50.

Restrictions in these areas do not apply to activities in the national curriculum, professional sports activities taking place in the competitive system of sports governing bodies, including members and candidates of Estonian adult and youth national teams, and players of big league teams. These restrictions also do they apply to activities related to national defence and internal security and to activities of people with special needs, including social and occupational rehabilitation services.



Outdoor sports competitions

For outdoor sports competitions and fitness events, the number of group restrictions will be increased from 25 to 50, i.e. competitions may be held in groups of 50 people who must not come into contact with each other.

The Government Communication Unit will publish the restrictions order and the explanatory memorandum on the website kriis.ee