Government continues to ease Covid-19 restrictions

25.05.2021 | 02:13

Stenbock House, 25 May 2021 – Today, the Government adopted decisions in principle to ease the current Covid-19 restrictions. From 31 May, the 2+2 restriction on movement in public indoor areas will be replaced by a dispersion requirement. As of 14 June, restrictions on the number of rooms, the number of participants and the opening hours for indoor and outdoor activities and events, will be eased.
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Jaak Aab, Minister of Public Administration, praised the Estonian people, and in particular the medical system, for their efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. ‘Spring has been accompanied by the long-awaited trend of falling infection rates, which would not have been possible without our combined efforts, and the medical profession deserves particular credit here. The current situation gives cause for hope that life will return to normal by summer, where we have the spread of the coronavirus under control and can reasonably enjoy a Covid-19 restriction-free life.’

Tanel Kiik, Minister of Health and Labour, has said that the increase in the June-July cap will only be possible with the support of responsible behaviour, and that our aim is to gradually return to normal social and economic life. ‘It is crucial to maintain the current downward trend of the virus and to protect at-risk groups via vaccination, which has resulted in the average age of infection falling below 50. The relief is underpinned by the knowledge that by the end of June, two thirds of adults will have been vaccinated or recovered from infection’, the minister said. ‘The step-by-step relaxation of restrictions that were enacted in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is also supported by the expert opinions of the Public Health Agency and the Covid-19 Scientific Advisory Board.’

THE 2+2 RULE IS BEING REPLACED BY A DISPERSION REQUIREMENT FOR INDOOR MOVEMENT

From 31 May, the 2+2 restriction on movement in public indoor areas will be replaced by a dispersion requirement. The dispersion requirement means that strangers should maintain a reasonable distance from the point of view of virus transmission.

OBLIGATION TO WEAR A MASK

The obligation to wear a mask indoors in public spaces will remain in force. The government is also discussing, among other things, replacing the restriction on the wearing of masks with a strict recommendation to wear a mask in crowded places after two weeks. In making its decision, the government will assess the impact of the mitigations on the trend in the spread of the coronavirus, the state of hospitals and other critical Covid-19 indicators, as well as the proportion of vaccinated people in society.

SPORT, COACHING, YOUTH WORK, LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION, FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

From 31 May, all of these activities shall be permitted indoors in groups of up to 25 people, being subject to dispersal requirements. A maximum of 200 people can take part in the activities, and there is also a 50% occupancy requirement.

From 14 June, a maximum of 600 people will be allowed to attend an event indoors, subject to dispersal and a 50% occupancy requirement.

From 14 June, a maximum of 1000 people will be allowed to take part in an outdoor event.

SPORTS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY EVENTS, ATHLETICS COMPETITIONS

From 14 June, indoor events will be allowed for up to 600 people, including spectators, with a 50% occupancy limit per room.

From 14 June, outdoor events will be open to up to 1000 participants, including spectators.

From 14 June, both indoor and outdoor events must end no later than by 00.00.

From 14 June, top-level sporting competitions will be allowed, both indoors and outdoors, without group and time limits.  Indoors, up to 600 participants, including spectators, will be allowed, with a 50% occupancy rate per room, and outdoors up to 1000 participants, including spectators.

CULTURE, CHURCHES, ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLIC EVENTS, PUBLIC EVENTS

From 31 May, up to 200 people will be allowed to attend a public meeting or event, such as a conference, theatre performance, concert, cinema screening, as well as an entertainment service, public worship or religious service. The 50% occupancy requirement must be taken into consideration. Events must end at 22:00, but if, for example, a theatre performance is not over by that time, the performance may, by way of exception, end later within a reasonable time.

From 14 June, up to 600 people will be allowed to participate in the indoor events mentioned above. Please note that a 50% occupancy rate per room is required and the event must end no later than by 00.00.

From 14 June, up to 1000 people will be allowed to take part in these outdoor events, which must end no later than by 00.00.

MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITION CENTRES

From 14 June, museums and exhibition centres will be able to accommodate up to 600 people per room, subject to dispersal requirements, with no more than 50% of the room occupied. The event must end no later than 00.00. Group activities are allowed indoors in museums and exhibition centres.

From 14 June, outdoor areas in museums and exhibition centres will be allowed to be up to 50% full.

SPAS, SAUNAS, AQUATIC CENTRES, SWIMMING POOLS, SWIMMING POOLS

From 14 June, a maximum of 600 people will be allowed to attend an event indoors, subject to dispersal and a 50% occupancy requirement. Doors must be closed to customers by 00.00, at the latest.

CATERING ESTABLISHMENTS

From 14 June, up to 50% indoor occupancy will be allowed. There is no longer a limit on the number of participants in a group. Please note that the doors must close at 00.00.

The terraces and outdoor areas of restaurants and cafés must also be closed by 00.00.

TRADE AND SERVICE COMPANIES

In shops and service outlets, dispersion must be ensured and occupancy must not exceed 50%.

The government took decisions in principle today, with the order due to be approved at Thursday’s session. The Government Communication Unit will publish the order and its explanatory memorandum on the kriis.ee website.

Government Communication Unit

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