Extensive COVID-19 restrictions from 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021 in Estonia

The Estonian government will impose extensive COVID-19 restrictions in Harju County and extend the measures already in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in East-Viru County.

Restrictions apply in Harju County and East-Viru County from 28 December 2020 to 17 January 2021.

Entertainment services are prohibited everywhere, including casinos, bowling and billiard halls, adult clubs and the premises of accommodation establishments. Accommodation establishments may continue to provide accommodation services.

All sales and service halls of catering companies must be closed to customers. Food takeaway and related delivery service will be allowed.

All sports facilities must be closed for visitors, including gyms, saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools. Restrictions do not apply to professional athletes, including championship teams, team members and team candidates. The restriction also does not apply to people with special needs.

Public meetings and events, including conferences, theater performances, concerts and indoor cinemas, are prohibited. Museums and exhibitions must also be closed to visitors. Up to 10 people can take part in public events and meetings outdoors.

Youth work, hobby activities and education, refresher training and education, as well as sports and coaching are prohibited indoors. All these activities are allowed outdoors for a group of up to 10 people and a coach.

Kindergartens and childcare facilities will remain open, but guidelines issued by the Health Board and the local authority to prevent the spread of the virus must be followed.

From 24 December, a 50 percent space occupancy restriction will apply to public worship services. A 50 percent occupancy limit will be applied to worship and religious services throughout Estonia in order to avoid the risk of the coronavirus spreading during the Christmas holidays.

Masks must still be worn indoors, disinfection requirements must be met and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus must be followed.

The government extended restrictions on the field of education until 10 January inclusive. The extension of restrictions applies to general education schools, vocational training institutions, institutions of professional higher education and universities.