Restrictions in Ida-Viru County and Harju County will continue with some easing until 1 February

15.01.2021 | 12:31

Stenbock House, 14 January 2021 – Members of the Government essentially approved the continuation of restrictions in Ida-Viru County and Harju County until 1 February. It was decided to ease, starting from 18 January, the prohibition applicable to indoor youth work, hobby activities, hobby education, refresher training and continuing education, sporting and training, and to relieve restrictions applicable to museums and exhibits, but also to catering enterprises. Contact learning at schools will be restored from 25 January.
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The Government also extended the prohibition on the sale of alcoholic drinks throughout Estonia. This means that pursuant to the current restriction, alcohol cannot be sold from 00:00 to 10:00 until 26 January. From 27 January, alcoholic drinks cannot be sold from 22:00 to 10:00. The restriction is valid until 28 February (incl.).

In essence, the Government also approved the continuation of support measures in Harju County and Ida-Viru County.

From 25 January, contact learning will be permitted on all levels of education in Harju County and Ida-Viru County

From 25 January, it will be permitted to restore contact learning on all levels of education. Until 25 January, contact learning is permitted from the 1st to the 4th grade, and for the 9th and 12th grades. Other grades and vocational and higher education students are on distance learning until 25 January. Precautions for preventing the spread of the coronavirus must be followed. An overview of the precautions and other issues in the field of education can be found at The availability of disinfectants and adherence to the requirements of disinfection must be ensured in premises used for learning activities.

Easing of restrictions in Harju County and Ida-Viru County that will become effective from 18 January

Hobby activities and hobby education, refresher training and continuing education, youth work, sporting and training will be allowed indoors as individual activities. Outdoors, all the listed activities continue to be permitted for groups of up to ten people.

At museums and exhibition facilities, it is allowed to move around while following the 2+2 rule, and the capacity of the premises must remain below 50 per cent of the maximum. Outdoors, the size of the visitor group may still be up to 10 people.

From 18 January, the prohibition to reside at the sales or service area of a catering establishment for on-site spending of time will be relieved. The premises of restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments may be open to customers for on-site recreation between 6:00 to 19:00. The limit of up to 25 per cent of the maximum capacity must be taken into account, meaning that customers must be spread out on the premises, and the 2+2 rule must be adhered to when moving around on the premises; this rule is not applicable to families. No restrictions will be established on the time for take-away sales.

These existing restrictions will remain in effect until 1 February:
It is forbidden to be present at establishments providing entertainment services.

Saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools must remain closed for visitors, except for the purpose of individual sports.
Public meetings and events, including conferences, theatre plays, concerts and movie screenings, are forbidden indoors. Outdoors, public events and meetings can be attended in groups of up to ten people, and no contact is allowed with other groups. A public outdoor event must end by 22:00.
The 50 per cent capacity requirement will remain in effect for church and religious services, as will the obligation to wear a mask, and movement must take place observing the 2+2 rule, which is not applicable to families.

Today’s essential decisions regarding restrictions are planned to be approved at e-meeting.

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