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The government approved an order for restrictions in Ida-Viru and Harju counties

15. January 2021 - 0:00

Stenbock House, 15 January 2021 – At an e-session, the government approved an order for restrictions in Harju and Ida-Viru counties to enter into force on 18 January. Contrary to the current order, it will be possible to engage in youth work, recreational activities and hobby education, refresher training and courses, sport, and training indoors, as well as visit museums, exhibitions, and catering establishments from 18 January. Contact learning in schools will resume on 25 January.


Education

From 25 January, contact learning will be permitted at all levels of education. Precautions for preventing the spread of the coronavirus must be followed. An overview of precautions and other issues in the field of education can be found at hm.ee/koroona.

Until 25 January, contact learning is permitted for grades from the first to the fourth grade, and for the ninth and twelfth grades. During this period, face masks will be mandatory indoors. This obligation does not apply to children under the age of 12 or if it is not possible to wear a mask due to health reasons, the nature of activity, or other important reasons.


Youth work, recreational activities and hobby education, refresher training and courses, sport, and training

From Monday, 18 January, sports, training, youth work, recreational activities, hobby education, and refresher training and courses will be allowed indoors as individual activities with a supervisor. The occupancy of the room must not exceed 25 per cent and other applicable rules for preventing the spread of the coronavirus, e.g. the obligation to wear a mask and requirements of disinfection, must be observed.

Outdoors, all the listed activities continue to be permitted for groups of up to 11 people, including the supervisor. No contact is allowed with other groups.

The restrictions do not apply to activities based on 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 big league teams, activities related to the country’s military defence and internal security, and people with special needs, including the provision of social and occupational rehabilitation services.


Culture

Museums and exhibition facilities can be visited while following the 2 + 2 rule, and the occupancy of the room must remain below 50 per cent. A mask must be worn indoors. Outdoors, the size of the visitor group may still be up to 11 people, including the supervisor. Groups must not come into contact with other groups. Theatre plays, concerts, and film screenings are forbidden.


Catering establishments

From 18 January, the restrictions on spending time at the sales or service area of a catering established will be eased. The premises of restaurants, cafés, and other catering establishments may be open to customers for on-site recreation between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The occupancy of the room must not exceed 25 per cent, the customers must be spread out on the premises, and the 2 + 2 rule must be adhered to when moving around on the premises; however, this rule is not applicable to families. No restrictions will be established on the time for take-away sales.


These restrictions will remain in effect until 1 February.

In Harju and Ida-Viru counties, it is forbidden visit establishments providing indoor entertainment services. Outdoors, the size of the group of customers must not exceed 11 people (including the supervisor) and groups must not come into contact with other groups.

Saunas, spas, water parks, and swimming pools must remain closed for visitors, except for the purpose of individual sports.

Indoor public meetings and events, including conferences, theatre performances, concerts, and cinema screenings, are prohibited. Public meetings and events may be attended in groups of up to ten people and no contact is allowed with other groups. All public outdoor events must end by 10 p.m. Organisers of public events must ensure the availability of disinfectants and compliance with the disinfection requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Sports and exercise events and sports competitions are not allowed, except sports competitions for major league teams participating in the competitive system of sports governing bodies, professional athletes, and members and candidates of Estonian adult and youth teams participating in the competition system of the sports federation. Spectators are not allowed to attend such events. The 2 + 2 rule also applies to competitions, a mask must be worn indoors, and the occupancy of the room must not exceed 50 per cent. The number of participants must not exceed 250 persons indoors and 500 persons outdoors.

The 50 per cent capacity requirement will remain in effect for church and religious services, as will the obligation to wear a mask, and movement must comply with the 2 + 2 rule, which is not applicable to families.

It is mandatory to wear a mask, use disinfectants, and follow other applicable rules for preventing the spread of the virus in all indoor public spaces. The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible for health or other valid reasons.

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