Coronavirus tests for Rainbow Festival participants were negative

Banning the hippie festival in Antsla. Source: Henry-Laur Allik / ERR

Coronavirus tests taken by participants of Rainbow Festival (Vikerkaare laager) in Antsla, Võru County were negative, the Health Board said on Wednesday.

Earlier this week the month-long camp, or gathering, was closed down by Antsla Municipality on the recommendation of the Health Board (Terviseamet) and Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), citing unsafe conditions.

Coronavirus tests were carried out earlier this week and participants of the camp - which was approximately 40 adults and children - were required to stay put until the results were known.

Tiia Luht, head of the Southern Region of the Health Board, said: "On July 23, the results of the tests all turned out to be negative and we forwarded the message to all the people that were at the event. The participants reacted constructively to the message and most of them had already started packing."

The municipality believes closing the event was necessary to protect the health of the community and the festival guests, ETV current news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported on Wednesday.

On Monday, spokesperson of the Health Board Eike Kingsepp said they were aware there are people from Portugal at the gathering who should have stayed in quarantine for two weeks upon arrival in Estonia but did not. 

Luht also said there was no running water at the campsite. She added: "The lack of soap and running water and other hand washing facilities are one of the main platforms or aspects where the spread of various infectious diseases is high. The use of substandard outdoor toilets and close human contact are included." 


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