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SMS sent by the government.
SMS sent by the government. Source: Stenbocki maja Facebook page.

The government will send out emails and SMS messages about the new emergency situation movement restrictions which will be implemented from Wednesday, March 25.

The messages will be sent in Estonian, English and Russian by the State Information System Board (RIA) to approximately 900,000 e-mail addresses or mobile phones. 

Writing on the Stenbocki maja Facebook page on Wednesday morning, the government asked readers to take the new regulations seriously and posted a picture of the text message.

From March 25, you can only be alone or with one other person in public and must keep a two meter distance from other people. The restriction does not apply to families living together or workers performing public duties. You are also recommended to stay at home.

If you have any questions, the government recommends you visit or call the coronavirus helpline on 1247.

Additionally, as of Friday, March 27, only essential shops and services will remain open in shopping centers. Catering hours are limited to 10 p.m.

The full text of the email is below:

Fellow Estonians!

On March 12, 2020 the Government of the Republic of Estonia declared an emergency situation to contain the spread of the coronavirus. On March 24 the government adopted additional measures to stop the spread of the virus.

As of 25 March:

  • In public places and indoor spaces (except at home), keep a distance of at least 2 metres with other people. Public places include playgrounds and open air sports facilities, beaches, promenades, biking and hiking trails.
  • No more than 2 people at a time can gather in public places. The restriction does not apply to families moving around together and people in official public functions.

As of 27 March:

  • Only essential shops and services will remain open in shopping centres. Shops and services that will remain open include grocery stores, pharmacies, communications service providers, bank offices, parcel lockers, and shops that either sell or lease equipment for the disabled and medical devices. Eateries at shopping centres can only sell take-away food. At the entrances of all shops and service points that will stay open, disinfectants must be provided.
  • Restaurants and bars cannot be open later than 10 p.m. (except for take-away and delivery).
  • Entertainment and leisure locations will be closed.

These restrictions are subject to review in two weeks.

Following the measures of the emergency situation is the obligation of each and every person. This is the only way we can protect ourselves, our close ones, and the most vulnerable part of the Estonian population: our older generation and people with chronic illnesses.

If you have questions, read more at or call 1247.

Protect yourself and your close ones!

Government of the Republic of Estonia


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Editor: Helen Wright

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