Estonian PM: COVID certificate requirement to be in force at least until spring

  • 2021-11-18
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on Thursday she considers it highly likely that the requirement to have a COVID certificate as a prerequisite for entry into in public spaces, as is the case now, will apply in Estonia until spring. 

When it comes to the rule that entertainment establishments must close their doors at 11 p.m. at the latest, Kallas noted at the government's press conference that the government has certainly not forgotten about New Year's Eve.

"That's why it has been decided that the government will review this restriction every two weeks," Kallas said. 

The government has decided to date that COVID certificates must be asked for at least until Jan. 10.

"And today we will discuss it again and rather we will extend this measure further at least until March," Kallas said.

She said that the government will certainly not make a decision this week that entertainment facilities could be open longer than 11 p.m., as infection rates remain very high.

"We are moving cautiously, and if people behave responsibly, we can also discuss lifting this restriction," the premier added.