14.05.2021

The government approved an order concerning the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions

From 17 May, groups of up to 25 people are allowed to attend public events and meetings and entertainment venues outdoors. People can visit outdoor public saunas, spas, swimming pools, and water parks, provided that the number of participants does not exceed 25 people per group.

CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS

From 24 May, people can eat and drink indoors on the premises of catering establishments, taking into account the 50% occupancy requirement. The maximum number of diners per table is 6. The doors must be closed for customers by 10 p.m.

From 24 May, groups of up to 10 people can eat and drink on-site in the outdoor areas of catering establishments, taking into account the 50% occupancy requirement. Outdoor areas must also be closed for customers by 10 p.m.

TRADE AND SERVICE COMPANIES

From 24 May, people visit the indoor premises of trade and service companies, following the 50% occupancy requirement per room. The 2 + 2 rule must be observed and a mask must be worn indoors.

PUBLIC EVENTS, CULTURE, CHURCHES, ENTERTAINMENT

From 17 May, visitors may stay in the outdoor areas of museums and exhibitions (including the zoo), subject to a 50% occupancy requirement. The doors must be closed by 10 p.m.

From 17 May, groups of up to 25 people are allowed to attend public events and meetings and entertainment venues outdoors. All events must end by 10 p.m. The total allowed number of outdoor participants is 250 people.

From 24 May, it is allowed to be indoors at museums and exhibitions and participate in seated events in theatres, cinemas, conferences, as well as go to worship services or other public religious services, provided that the 50% occupancy rule is followed. In rooms with fixed seating, the number of allowed participants is 200, excluding performers and people involved in the event who are not in direct contact with the visitors. In museums and exhibition halls, the limit is taken into account together with the occupancy restriction per hall. The event must end by 10 p.m.

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

Restrictions on indoor entertainment venues will be extended until 30 May (inclusive).

SAUNAS, SPAS, WATER PARKS, SWIMMING POOLS

From 17 May, people can visit outdoor public saunas, spas, swimming pools, and water parks, provided that the number of participants does not exceed 25 people per group. The number of participants is limited to 250 people. Outdoor areas can be open from 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

From 31 May, people can also go to indoor public saunas, spas, water parks, and swimming pools, provided that the occupancy of the room does not exceed 50 per cent, there are no more than 200 participants at a time, and the 2 + 2 rule is observed. Indoor areas can also be open from 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

SPORTS, TRAINING, YOUTH WORK, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND HOBBY EDUCATION, REFRESHER TRAINING, AND REFRESHER COURSES

From 17 May, all these activities can be carried out outdoors in groups of up to 25 people (including a supervisor). A maximum of ten groups that do not come into contact with each other, i.e. a total of 250 people, may participate in the activities.

From 31 May, group training, youth work, hobby activities and education, refresher training, and refresher courses are again allowed indoors for groups of up to 10 people. The requirement of 25% occupancy of the room must be taken into account, up to 100 people may take part in the activities at a time, and the groups must not come into contact with each other. The group restriction does not apply to students in the same class or study group.

SPORTS COMPETITIONS AND SPORTS AND EXERCISE EVENTS

From 17 May, outdoor sports and exercise events for groups of up to 25 people are allowed and must end no later than 10 p.m. A maximum of 10 groups, i.e. a total of 250 people, can take part in the event.

From May 17, organising competitions in the highest divisions of sports is allowed with up to 250 participants outdoors and up to 100 participants indoors. In addition, indoor and outdoor competitions can be organised for Estonian major league teams and cups. Other indoor competitions are not allowed.

Spectators are not allowed in competitions or events.

A participant of an international high-level competition from a third country is allowed to compete in Estonia or perform work tasks if they take a negative coronavirus test after arriving here or are not infectious.

EDUCATION

From 17 May, contact learning will be allowed for all students of general education schools, vocational schools, universities of applied sciences, and higher education institutions.

The general health protection requirements and the instructions and recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Research must be taken into account when organising studies. Indoors, care must be taken to ensure air quality through ventilation.

The government assesses the necessity of the restrictions and measures established by the order every two weeks at the latest.

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

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