Tallinn cancels assignments abroad, study trips, excursions

  • 2020-03-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The crisis committee of the City of Tallinn on Monday evening decided to cancel the assignments abroad, study trips and excursions of city agencies as well as the institutions governed by the city, including schools, for two months as a measure to support the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus.

Employees and students returning from risk areas must stay at home to be monitored for 14 days, city government spokespeople said.

"All coronavirus cases in Estonia have been diagnosed after returning from a risk area. This is why, as a preventive measure, we decided to cancel the assignments abroad and study trips of city agencies and governed institutions as well as the foreign excursions of schools in the next few months. If an employee of ours returns from vacation from a risk area, we will reorganize work in such a way that they could work from home for a period of 14 days and avoid contact with the work environment, colleagues and residents of the city," Tallinn Mayor and crisis committee chair Mihhail Kolvart said.

The crisis committee also discussed readiness to transfer schools to online study to prevent the spread of the virus. The Health Board recommends that schools be closed to prevent the infection from spreading once the virus has already spread locally.

Kolvart said that initially, there is no need to close all schools in Tallinn, but as more students become infected, the city will make decisions based on the individual school. "The city's education department has already launched preparations so, if needed, schools would be ready to transfer to online study. When it comes to kindergartens, we are dealing with potential infection cases on the basis of the individual kindergarten group," the mayor said.

In addition, the impact of the international events was also discussed, and the city's crisis committee recommends avoiding inviting visitors from risk areas to international conferences, competitions or the like.

Employees and public servants of the city will continue their daily work and servicing the residents of the city at the usual pace. "At the same time, we have also implemented various measures to protect our employees. We have already made preparations for it previously, ordered protective masks, ordered more of them additionally and also regularly disinfected premises," Kolvart said.

In order to prevent viral infections, the Health Board recommends washing one's hands and covering one's mouth with a sleeve or paper tissue when sneezing or coughing. It is advised to keep a distance of at least one meter from people with signs of illness. People should also avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. When experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection, people should stay home and, if needed, take medication to lower their fever and alleviate cough and a runny nose.