Estonia to close shopping centers from Friday

  • 2020-03-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian government has decided to close all shopping centers from Friday and to limit to two the number of people allowed to be in public places together.

Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.

The new restrictions published by the government on Tuesday evening concern movement in public places, as well as shopping centers, places of entertainment and places to eat. 

Starting from Wednesday, a distance of at least two meters from others must be maintained by people in public places such as outdoor playgrounds and sports grounds, beaches, promenades, health and hiking tracks, as well as indoors, except at home. 

No more than two people are allowed to be present in public places together. The restriction does not apply to families and people performing public duties.

Shopping centers will be closed from Friday. Not to be closed are grocery stores, pharmacies,  sales outlets of telecommunications companies, bank offices, parcel stations, and stores where technical aids and medical devices issued on the basis of a technical aid card or a medical device card are sold or rented. 

At catering establishments only takeaway food can be sold. The presence of disinfecting equipment must be ensured at entrances and exits.

Starting from Friday, all catering establishments, bars and other places of entertainment must be closed at 10 p.m., except for the sale of takeaway food and home delivery of food. 

From the same date, entertainment establishments such as bowling and pool halls, water pipe cafes, and adult clubs will be closed. 

The restrictions will be reviewed in two weeks.