Government to lift restrictions on bar operating hours, alcohol sales ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Beer on tap. Photo is illustrative.
Beer on tap. Photo is illustrative. Source: Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR

The government decided at its Thursday cabinet meeting to further relax coronavirus-related restrictions. As of June 1, bars and restaurants will be permitted to sell alcoholic beverages late at night, and movie theaters will reopen.

"We relaxed some more restrictions put in place against the coronavirus," Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) wrote on social media. "As previously, we based [our decisions] on the [coronavirus] research council's assessment of the current situation as well as the impact of possible relaxations."

As of June 1, bars and restaurants may remain open past 10 p.m., and may sell alcoholic beverages past this time as well.

Should the spread of the novel coronavirus not increase, then as of June 1, public events such as movie screenings, theater performances, concerts, fairs, festivals and conferences will be permitted both in- and outdoors on condition that event organizers ensure that the 2+2 rule is adhered to and that attendance at indoor events does not exceed 50 percent of the occupancy limit and 50 people. For outdoor events, up to 100 participants will be permitted

Museums and exhibitions will likewise be permitted both indoors and outdoors on condition that management ensures adherence to the 2+2 rule.

The government will also permit casinos and slots to reopen in June on condition that management ensures adherence to the 2+2 rule and that occupancy does not exceed 50 percent of the occupancy limit and 50 people.

As of July 1, both indoor and outdoor sporting events with spectators will be permitted on condition that event organizers ensure adherence to the 2+2 rule, that occupancy in indoor spaces does not exceed 50 percent of the occupancy rate, and that the total number of people present, including participants and spectators, does not exceed 500 people at indoor events and 1,000 at outdoor events.

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