Estonian govt to make face masks mandatory for care home workers, visitors

  • 2020-09-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Estonian government has approved a decision imposing an obligation to wear a protective mask on care home employees and visitors from Monday.

"In the present epidemiological situation in Estonia, the coronavirus is primarily spreading among young people, and fortunately, [the virus] has recently not brought about very severe consequences. Nonetheless, we need to do everything in our power to protect those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 -- the elderly whose living environment and safety is managed by other people," Prime Minister Juri Ratas was quoted by government spokespeople as saying. 

Ratas urged everyone to behave responsibly in order to protect people in at-risk groups. 

"Not just the elderly, but also those who are chronically sick. Let us be mindful of each other and let's not give the virus another chance to wreak havoc," he said. 

Members of the government also decided to increase the frequency at which the government discusses issues relating to the spread of COVID-19 to twice per week. This means that in addition to Cabinet meetings on Thursdays, members of the government will also start convening on Tuesday morning from Sep. 22.

The spread of the virus has increased again compared with the summer months and the government needs to discuss issues relating to COVID-19 more frequently to be able to communicate and react more efficiently when needed, the prime minister said.

"It is important to keep our society open and functioning while reacting swiftly and with sufficient measures where needed," Ratas concluded.