On the basis of complaints and spot checks, the Health Board (Terviseamet) has initiated criminal proceedings against entertainment venues where parties were held and restrictions not followed.
As of Tuesday morning, nine complaints about nightclubs have reached the Health Board and proceedings against some infringers have already been initiated. According to state orders, there is still a ban on nightclubs because they are thought of as a location with a high risk of infection.
The Health Board carried out spot checks in entertainment venues and discovered parties being held in some nightclubs. Despite the ban, many establishments have opened and are hosting events that do not seem like regular parties from their advertising, which promises an event held in line with regulations.
Kadri Juhkam, head of the Health Board's Western district said: "In reality, the situation is sad. Essentially all rules were broken and the organizers did nothing to improve the situation."
She added: "A nightclub is traditionally a venue where dancing and drinking leads to the 2+2 rule being nonexistent and such actions lead to a high risk of infection, which the organizer can't possibly remove. We want to remind all organizers, guests, and local governments that the risk of infection has not yet passed and stopping the spread of COVID-19 is dependent on all of us."
There is still a requirement on public events that the 2+2 rule must be followed, excluding families and situations where the rule can not reasonably be secured.
Nightclubs were closed in mid-March when the emergency situation was introduced.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste