On 23 November, the government approved the agreed additional restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-Cov-2, to protect the health and lives of the Estonian people and prevent overloading the medical system. The order entered into force from 24 November. The restrictions are reviewed every two weeks.
Restrictions imposed all over Estonia
Obligation to wear a mask or to cover one’s nose and mouth in public indoor spaces
An obligation to wear a mask or to cover one’s nose and mouth is introduced in public indoor spaces, including public transport and service points. This means that the obligation to wear a mask extends also to the passenger terminal of the airport.
This obligation does not apply to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible for health reasons, special needs, the nature of work or activity, or other important reasons.
A public indoor space is a space intended for public use that can be entered by anyone, regardless of the pre-registration requirement, for example; it is a place with many people moving around who do not come into contact with each other on a daily basis. A public transport vehicle is also considered a public indoor space.
The 2 + 2 rule extends to all public indoor spaces
The so-called 2 + 2 rule must be followed everywhere in public indoor spaces, which means that up to two people can move together but keep a distance of two metres from other people. As the terminal area is restricted, we ask all passengers to take sufficient time when coming to the airport and if possible, perform the check-in online, in order to reduce contacts and speed up moving around at the airport.
The restriction does not apply to families moving along together or, when it cannot be reasonably ensured; for example, in public transport vehicles with many passengers, where in addition to keeping the maximum possible distance, also a mask must be worn.
The current 10 + 2 rule will continue to apply in catering establishments and places where entertainment services are provided. The rule means that a group may include up to 10 people, but they have to keep a distance of two metres from others. These restrictions do not apply to families moving along or staying together and also in cases where this condition cannot be reasonably guaranteed.
Masks must be worn or one’s nose and mouth must be covered. If possible, distance of two metres from other people must be kept. We ask to follow this rule also when being transported in the territory of the airport by buses.
If the restrictions on preventing the spread of the virus are not complied with, the state has the right to apply administrative coercive measures. The maximum amount of the penalty payment is 9,600 euros, which can be imposed repeatedly. The purpose of the penalty payment is to oblige people to properly comply with the requirements and restrictions established in the order.