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The government eased restrictions related to COVID-19

28. May 2020 - 0:00

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 28 May 2020 – The government eased restrictions related to COVID-19 on travel, public events, sports events, and education.

Travelling from 1 June

The government approved a decision allowing people arriving from a member state of the European Union, the Schengen Area, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to cross the Estonian state border from 1 June. A person may enter the Republic of Estonia if they have no symptoms of illness and have stayed in those countries for the last 14 days, which is the incubation period of COVID-19.

Upon arrival in Estonia, a person must be in quarantine for 14 days if they have arrived from a country where the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has been more than 15 in the last 14 days. Persons coming from a country with a smaller number of infected persons are not required to be in quarantine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs must publish on its website a list of countries with the corresponding statistics, which is reviewed once a week.

The restriction limiting the number of participants of indoor events is relaxed from 50 to 100

From 1 June to 30 June, public events may be organised with 100 participants instead of a maximum of 50 people. Indoors, the 50 per cent occupancy limit and the 2+2 rule must be observed.

This applies to public events (cinemas, theatres, concerts, etc.) as well as to meetings, casinos, and arcades.

Similarly, the requirements imposed on public events also apply to basic schools, upper secondary schools, vocational education institutions, refresher training institutions, open youth centres, hobby activities, and hobby education, with the exception of the research and development activities of universities and research institutions.

Until 30 June, the 2+2 rule and the limit of 100 participants also apply to sports competitions held indoors without spectators.

It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with spectators if the number of participants does not exceed 100. The organiser must ensure that disinfectants are available.