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The government is easing the COVID-19 restrictions with caution

11. May 2021 - 20:01

Stenbock House, 11 May 2021 – At today’s cabinet meeting, the government decided in principle to allow all students learning from distance to go to school from next Monday, 17 May. Culture and entertainment establishments will be able to open their doors with at 50% occupancy from 24 May; indoor dining will also be allowed in cafés and restaurants.

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas noted that the government took into account the level of risk of infection when easing the restrictions. “We do not want to keep restrictions in place for a day longer than is necessary, but we must remain careful, because the virus continues to spread. Therefore, we will gradually ease the restrictions. It is a priority of for the government that children would be able to go to school – there are a few more weeks of school left; every week that children can be in contact with their teachers and peers is important. Of course, when organising school work, the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Research must be followed in order to operate as safely as possible. One week later, on 24 May, we will ease restrictions on activities with a medium risk of infection. I remind all Estonians that although the approaching summer promises us a breather, we still have to be responsible,” she said.


EDUCATION

All students of general education schools, vocational schools, and higher education institutions who previously have had to be schooled from distance will be allowed to physically attend school.


SPORTS, TRAINING, YOUTH WORK, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION, IN-SERVICE TRAINING AND REFRESHER TRAINING

All these activities can be conducted outdoors in groups of up to 25 people (including an instructor) from 17 May. A maximum of 250 people can take part in the activities.
Indoors, the current restrictions will remain in force until 30 May (inclusive) and the government will review the restrictions on an ongoing basis.


SPORTS COMPETITIONS, SPORTS AND MOVEMENT EVENTS

From 17 May, outdoor sports and movement events will be allowed for groups of up to 25 people and the event must end no later than 10 p.m. The maximum number of participants is 250 people.

From 17 May, top sports competitions with up to 250 participants will be allowed to take place outdoors and events with up to 100 people indoors. In addition, athletes participating in Estonian championships and cup competitions may also start competing indoors and outdoors. No other indoor competitions are allowed.

Spectators will not be allowed to attend competitions or events.


PUBLIC EVENTS, CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT, SPAS, POOLS, SAUNAS

From 17 May, visitors may attend outdoor areas of museums and exhibitions (including the zoo), taking into account the 50% occupancy limit. The doors must be closed at 10 p.m. The 2 + 2 rule must be followed when moving around.

From 17 May, groups of up to 25 people are allowed to attend public events and meetings and outdoor entertainment venues. Events must end no later than 10 p.m. The total number of participants will be limited to 250 people for outdoor events.

From 24 May, it is allowed to be indoors at museums and exhibitions, as well as at seated events such as theatres, cinemas, conferences, as well as sermons or other public religious services, provided that the occupancy rate does not exceed 50 per cent. The number of participants is limited to 200 people. The event must end no later than 10 p.m.

Moving around indoors, the 2 + 2 rule must be observed, a mask must be worn, disinfectants must be used on site, and the event organiser’s instructions must be followed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Restrictions applicable to indoor areas of spas, swimming pools, saunas, and entertainment venues will be extended until 30 May (inclusive); these restrictions will be reviewed by the government on an ongoing basis.


CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS

From 24 May, indoor dining will be allowed at catering establishments at 50% occupancy. The maximum number of people allowed at one table is 6. Doors must be closed to customers at 10 p.m.

From 24 May, outdoor dining at catering establishments will be allowed for groups of up to 10 people at 50 per cent occupancy. Like indoor areas, outdoor areas must also be closed to customers no later than 10 p.m.


RETAIL AND SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS

Current restrictions will remain in force for retail and service companies, this means that the occupancy rate per room must not exceed 25 per cent and the 2 + 2 rule must be followed.
Today, the government adopted decisions in principle, the renewed order regarding the restrictions is scheduled to be adopted on Thursday.