Tallinn, Stenbock House, 17 March 2020 – At an emergency session, the government granted the Ministry of the Interior permission to include the Defence League in helping to control the Estonian state border during the emergency situation. The Ministry of Defence and the President of the Republic have also given their consent to this. Up to 150 members of the Defence League per day may be involved. The Defence League may be involved in this task for up to 30 days.
As of today, Estonia also temporarily restored border controls at the European Union's internal borders, in order to prevent the wider spread of the coronavirus. Border control has been restored at the state borders of the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Latvia, and at harbours and airports for people entering Estonia. During the time of the reintroduction of the guarding of the national border, no border crossings between border crossing points is allowed.
It is not possible for the Ministry of the Interior and the authorities within its area of government to cover the entire need for border control and guarding during the reorganisation of work. Additional manning is needed to prevent passage at designated crossing points and to ensure public order for passage at border points open for crossing.