New relaxations of COVID-19 related restrictions to step into force Friday

  • 2021-06-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The Estonian government adopted a decision in principle on Tuesday that due to an improvement in the epidemiological situation, the COVID-19 related restrictions will be eased further from Friday, June 11.

In particular, the relaxations concern maximum room occupancy and attendance limits both indoors and in outdoor spaces with a restricted area. The closing time limit will be waived, and also cruises between Tallinn and Stockholm will be allowed again starting Friday.

"The epidemiological picture in Estonia is getting better every day, so that today the risk level for the spread of the coronavirus has dropped from high, or orange, to medium, or yellow. This allows the government to ease restrictions earlier than planned," Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said according to spokespeople.

"At the same time, we must not forget that the virus has not disappeared and we must remain vigilant to prevent it from spreading more widely again. The only way to keep Estonia free of restrictions is active vaccination. I hope that everyone who has not yet done so will book an appointment for vaccination at the earliest opportunity," the premier said. 

As of Friday, a maximum of 600 people will be allowed to participate in indoor events in sports, training, youth work, hobby activities and hobby education, refresher training and advanced training, while the dispersion and 50 percent space occupancy requirements must be taken into account. A maximum of 1,000 people may take part in an outdoor event held at a location with a limited area. 

In sports and exercise events, and sports competitions, indoor events will be allowed for up to 600 people, including spectators, with a 50 percent occupancy limit per room. Outdoor events taking place in a limited area will be allowed for up to 1,000 participants, including spectators.

Top-level sports competitions will be allowed both indoors and outdoors without limits concerning the size of the group or time. Up to 600 participants will be allowed indoors inclusive of  spectators, and a 50 percent occupancy rate per room must be taken into account. Up to 1,000 participants, including spectators, will be are allowed at outdoor events taking place at a location with a limited area.

As regards public events, culture, churches and entertainment, starting from Friday, up to 600 people will be allowed to participate in indoor events. A 50 percent occupancy rate per room must be respected. The maximum number of people allowed to participate in these events outdoors in places with a limited area is 1,000. 

Also starting from Friday, museums and exhibition institutions can allow an indoor attendance of up to 600 people per room, subject to the dispersion requirement, with no more than 50 percent of the room occupied. Outdoor areas for visitors may be filled to no more than 50 percent of capacity.

In spas, saunas, aquaparks and swimming pools, attendance of indoor areas with water use will be limited to 600, subject to the dispersion requirement, with no more than 50 percent of the space occupied. 

At food service establishments, indoor occupancy of up to 50 percent of capacity is allowed. There will be no longer a limit on the number of patrons sitting at the same table. The requirement for dispersion must be taken into account.

In shops and service outlets, dispersion must be ensured and the space occupancy rate must not exceed 50 percent.

The government took decisions in principle on Tuesday, with the formal regulation set to be approved at a meeting on Thursday.

From June 14, events with a higher number of participants may also be organized provided that infection safety is ensured.