Tallinn, Stenbock House, April 24, 2020 – The Government decided today at the Government meeting to extend the emergency situation which was established until May 1 due to the spread of coronavirus, until May 17.
“We have seen in the last two weeks the number of new cases of infection and hospitalisations decline, and we have clearly reached the peak. This week, the Government presented a draft exit strategy, which we hope will be approved next week. Then we can also begin to ease the restrictions gradually if the medical situation permits. However, since the exit will not take place overnight, but in stages and carefully, we have decided today to extend the emergency situation until the end of the day of May 17,” said Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.
“I stress that this does not mean that the restrictions will all be lifted at the same time but some restrictions will be removed earlier and others will remain in force after the end of the emergency situation. However, compliance with important rules of conduct and hygiene will continue to be a prerequisite for easing of the restrictions. The first step was the restoration of planned treatment this week, and the next steps must be aimed at economic recovery in a reasonable and balanced way,” added Ratas.
The Government extended the emergency situation in order to continue to be able to implement effective measures that are still necessary considering the spread and the control of the disease. The measures continue to be justified, given that new cases of infection and new outbreaks are still detected in Estonia.
The crisis exit strategy, which provides for the objectives, principles, and a plan for different stages of the easing of the restrictions, will be approved by the Government next week. The easing of restrictions will be discussed once a week by the Government Committee in charge of the issues related to the spread of the coronavirus, public health, and economic problems.
On March 12, the Government established the emergency situation in Estonia to prevent the spread of the virus, to provide for a clear leadership and to implement additional measures necessary to keep the virus under control. On the same day, the World Health Organisation had declared the spread of coronavirus as a global epidemic and the Estonian Health Board confirmed the spread of the virus in Estonia.
Both the Government and the person in charge of the emergency situation have introduced various measures to control the spread of the virus, including restrictions of movement and other prohibitions.
The emergency measures can be reviewed at: https://www.valitsus.ee/en/emergency-situation-estonia.