TALLINN – Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said on social media on Monday that the 11 p.m. closing time requirement for bars, restaurants and similar and the requirement for a COVID certificate will be lifted as of Tuesday, whereas the mask requirement will remain in place.
"Figures from this morning show that the average number of Estonian residents admitted to hospitals in serious condition for the past ten days is 24.9. While this is still a lot, it is little enough for our hospitals to be able to continue working and for us to be able to lift control measures," Kallas said.
According to Kallas, she convened a telephone meeting of the government to transform the promise of lifting restrictions into a formal decision of the government.
"Thus, as of Tuesday, we will waive the COVID certificate requirement in Estonia -- everyone will be able to attend cultural and entertainment events, visit food service establishments and go elsewhere without a certificate of vaccination or recovery [from COVID]; we will abolish the 11 p.m. closing time requirement for entertainment establishments and others," the premier said.
The obligation to wear a mask in public places to protect oneself and others remains in force, she added.