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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Emergency situation restrictions will be eased in shopping centres

5. May 2020 - 0:00

Tallinn, Stenbock House, 5 May 2020 – Today, the head of the emergency situation, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, signed an order allowing shopping centres to reopen as of next week, provided that people continue to follow hygiene requirements.

As of 11 May, shopping centres may reopen sales and service areas and catering facilities if they guarantee the availability of disinfectants and continue to follow the 2 + 2 rule, pursuant to which a maximum of two people are allowed to move together and a minimum distance of two metres must be kept with others. These rules apply in all public premises of the shopping centres, and in all service areas and catering facilities outside of shopping centres.

If previously only facilities for certain goods and services, for example grocery stores and pharmacies, were allowed to stay open in shopping centres, then as of next week, other stores and service facilities may also reopen their doors, such as pet stores, shoe repairs, clock and watch repairs, and hairdressers and beauty parlours, provided that they continue to follow hygiene requirements.

As of 11 May, catering facilities in shopping centres that until now were only allowed to sell takeout can start serving food on the spot. Catering facilities must follow the 2 + 2 rule and organise dining tables with a distance of two metres, with a maximum of two people allowed to sit at the same table (excluding families). Catering facilities are recommended to serve visitors only at tables to prevent customers from getting into contact with other waiters and customers.

The restriction on serving food on the spot after 10 p.m. remains in force to prevent evening gatherings in restaurants, cafés, and bars.

Sports facilities, children’s playrooms, casinos, slot machine halls, entertainment and amusement facilities (like poolrooms and bowling alleys), etc. will remain closed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. The restriction on organising public gatherings, film screenings, nightclub events, theatre performances, concerts, and conferences will also remain in force in shopping centres as well as elsewhere.

All customer service representatives of shopping centres are advised to use personal protective equipment in closed areas.

The restrictions that entered into force during the emergency situation apply to 336 shopping centres all over Estonia: 134 in Harju County, 48 in Tartu County, and 40 in Ida-Viru County. A shopping centre is an establishment that houses three or more stores or service facilities that can be accessed via a joint entrance and public areas.

This order is to be published by mass media immediately, without any alterations, and free of charge.

Order: (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)

Explanatory memorandum: (DOCX) (DOCX) (DOCX)