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The Government extended the restriction on the night-time sale of alcohol until 26 January

17. November 2020 - 14:35

Stenbock House, 17 November 2020 – Today, the Government decided to extend the nationwide restriction on the night-time sale of alcohol until 26 January 2021 (incl.).

The restriction means that from 00:00 until 10:00, alcohol sales are prohibited in all locations that sell alcohol for on-site consumption, such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs.

The restriction on the sale of alcohol is not applicable aboard aircraft used for international passenger transport, in the security area of an international airport, and in a point of sale located after the check-in gates at the waiting area of an international port’s travel terminal. The restriction is also not applicable to using minibars and during breakfast for guests staying the night at accommodation establishments.

The further restrictions are necessary since the spread of the coronavirus is of an epidemic nature in Estonia, and one could get infected anywhere. According to Health Board data from 17 November, 186 people tested positive for the coronavirus over a 24 hour period, and the infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days is 218. For comparison, the same indicator was 43 on 14 October, 22.8 on 12 September, and 4 on 1 August.

In establishing the national restriction on the sale of alcohol, the Government is guided by the supporting position of both the Health Board and the scientific advisory board which consults the Government.

Pursuant to the Alcohol Act, owners of mass media are required to immediately publish the content of the order. The Government Communication Unit will send an official notification concerning this.

The order will also be published in the State Gazette and on the kriis.ee website.