City of Tallinn believes large events will be canceled until end of summer

  • 2020-04-22
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The city of Tallinn is of the opinion that no large-scale international events staged by the city will take place in May, June and July, and in great probability also in August. 

Mayor Mihhail Kolvart said at a news briefing on Wednesday that the city cannot set rules arising from the emergency situation for events staged by private organizers, which rather is to be decided by the government. 

"We will learn shortly indeed what is the vision of the government, but according to the vision of the Tallinn city authorities all events of the city in May, June and definitely also in July will be canceled. There is some doubt concerning the events of August, but in great probability they will be called off as well," Kolvart said. 

The mayor said that the simple reason for the cancelations is that large-scale events require that decisions concerning them are made already now, whereas the city government cannot guarantee that it will be possible to stage such events in the summer. 

"I believe that also the bigger portion of private businesses acts based on that assumption. Our sports organizations at least have sensed it already that the situation in Estonia and globally does not allow for the organization of large international events, as they would attract no participants  either," Kolvart said. 

The city government has decided, however, that if an improvement in the situation happens in summer the city will make events available to residents which can be organized fast and where admission is free.

"We definitely wish to offer entertainment to Tallinners if possible," the mayor added.