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The government specified the easing of restrictions after the emergency situation

21. May 2020 - 0:00

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 21 May 2020 – Today, the government specified the easing of restrictions after the emergency situation.


Drive-in cinemas and concerts may be held in suitable indoor conditions

Regarding drive-in cinemas and concerts, the government lifted the restriction that required such events to be held outdoors. This means that under special conditions, drive-in events can be held in suitable indoor conditions, e.g. in a large hall. The 2 + 2 rule must be followed, it is not allowed to leave the car without good reason, and there must be sufficient distance between parked cars. As with outdoor events, disinfectants must also be provided at indoor events where necessary.


Public events, such as film screenings, theatre performances, and concerts, are allowed from 1 June.

From 1 June, public events, such as film screenings, theatre performances, fairs, festivals, conferences, etc., will be allowed both indoors and outdoors. However, the organiser must ensure compliance with the 2 + 2 rule and the 50 per cent capacity requirement, and no more than 50 persons may take part in the event. Public events held outdoors may not be attended by more than 100 persons.


Museums and exhibitions

For museums and exhibitions, the 10-person limit for visiting groups will be waived from 1 June. The 2 + 2 rule must be observed.


Casinos and arcades will be opened in June

From 1 June, casinos and arcades can be opened again, but establishments must comply with the 50 per cent capacity requirement and no more than 50 visitors are allowed on the premises. In addition, disinfectants must be available for staff and visitors.


From 1 June, restaurants and bars may be open for visitors after 10 p.m.

Catering establishments may host visitors at their premises after 10 p.m. without restrictions from 1 June. The 2 + 2 rule must be observed and disinfectants must be made available. From the same date, catering establishments may also sell alcohol after 10 p.m.


From July, sports competitions can be held with spectators indoors and outdoors

From 1 July, sports competitions can be held with spectators, provided that the 2 + 2 rule is observed, the organisers comply with the 50 per cent capacity requirement, and no more than 500 persons take part of the event. It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with up to 1,000 participants if the rules are followed. The total number of participants includes both competitors and spectators.

In the interests of readability and comprehensibility, the wording of the order has also been improved and some technical clarifications have been made which do not change the content of the restrictions.

Possessors of the media must publish the order – we will send an official notification.

The order: https://www.valitsus.ee/sites/default/files/news-related-files/182k.pdf (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)


The restriction on the sale of alcohol will be lifted on 1 June

From 1 June, the retail sale of alcohol will be allowed as before the emergency situation.

Possessors of the media must publish the order – we will send an official notification.

The order: https://www.valitsus.ee/sites/default/files/news-related-files/180k.pdf (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)


Procedure for travelling without quarantine between Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland

The government also approved an amendment regarding the procedure for travelling without quarantine between Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland to the order on the imposition of temporary restrictions on crossing the state border. Estonian people who do not have symptoms of illness may travel between Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland if they have not been in a third foreign country within two weeks prior to crossing the border. If a person comes to Estonia from a third foreign country via, for example, Latvia or Lithuania, they must be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, just as people coming from elsewhere.