Mon, 27 Apr 2020 10:22:41 BST
13 March 2020
On March 12 2020, the Estonian government declared an emergency situation in order to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This will remain in effect until May 17.
The following measures have been implemented with immediate effect:
A ban on all public gatherings;
Museums and cinemas will close;
A ban on all performances, concerts and conferences;
A ban on all sporting events;
A ban on visitors to care homes, hospitals and detention facilities.
All schools and universities will close from March 16.
The Estonian government will introduce checks on the border from March 17. Only citizens of Estonia and holders of Estonian residency permits or right of residence can enter Estonia, as well as foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia.
Foreigners will be allowed to transit through Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19 and there will be no restrictions on exiting the country. Travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked at the border. The government has also announced the requirement of a two-week quarantine for everyone entering the country.
These measures will be in force until decided otherwise and will be reviewed every two weeks.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and citizens are advised to monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. More information can be found at the links below:
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below:
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub;
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze;
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
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