Estonia: Apollo Group to temporarily close all its businesses to prevent spread of virus

  • 2020-03-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Apollo Group OU, the biggest entertainment provider in Estonia, is closing all its businesses temporarily from Sunday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in Estonia.

Jaanus Vihand, chairman of management board of Apollo Group, said that Apollo closed its cinemas and O'Leary's entertainment centers already on Friday. "From Sunday, we are also temporarily closing all other retail businesses of Apollo. This decision concerns KFC fast food restaurants, Apollo bookstores, Blender juice bars as well as Vapiano restaurants and IceCafe ice cream cafes," Vihand said, adding that, as the pandemic recedes, Apollo units will immediately re-open their doors.

According to Vihand, curbing the spread of coronavirus is a priority and requires close cooperation between the state and the private sector. He added that Apollo is hoping for the understanding of its customers.

Apollo Group OU is owned by Ivar Vendelin and Margus Linnamae's holding company UP Invest, which owns Apollo Kino movie theaters, Apollo Kauplused bookstores, O'Leary's sports restaurants, Blender cafes, KFC fast food restaurants in Estonia, IceCafe ice cream cafes and Baltic Film Distribution.