12.03.2020

Mayor Kõlvart: Different precautionary measures in place for containing the spread of COVID-19 in Tallinn

According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, the situation in the capital is currently under control.

„We are evaluating the situation constantly and we are well prepared for possible changes in the current situation. If some of the taken measures seem too harsh, one must keep in mind that at the moment, we must work on developing and implementing preventative measures so that we would not have to deal with the consequences later,” explained Kõlvart. “That said, we also believe that the precautionary measures are effective only and only then if they are set in place early enough. We have to prepare right now for the possible different scenarios and that is exactly what we are working on at the moment.”

According to the Mayor's decree, measures have been put in place to ensure the protection of the health of the people in our institutions and the work of the whole organization.

Outbound foreign missions and study trips, as well as field trips of the city’s institutions (including schools) have been cancelled. Furthermore, the admission exams of schools have also been postponed. In the event of an employee returning from a holiday in the risk areas, the work will be reorganized so that the quarantined person can work from home for 14 days to avoid contact with the work environment, colleagues and city residents.

The town's employees and officials continue their daily work and service to the citizens at a usual pace. The rooms are regularly disinfected and, if necessary, the servant can also provide a protective mask for the visitor with visible symptoms. However, it is advisable to use e-channels where possible for serving the public. It is also desirable for all citizens to prefer and, where possible, to use electronic means of communication rather than direct contact.

“I am of the opinion that we are not imposing even greater restrictions at the moment, but we must have a plan of actions and also restrictions, ” said the mayor.

More info on the COVID-19 virus in English can be found here: https://www.terviseamet.ee/en/covid19

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