Health Board and PPA inspect entertainment venues in Pärnu

Pärnu. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Officials from the Estonian Health Board and the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) checked almost a dozen entertainment establishments in the town of Pärnu last weekend for compliance with restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Kadri Juhkam, head of the Health Board's region for West Estonia, said that 11 popular entertainment establishments of the city were checked in the course of inspection tour on the night between Auugust 7-8.

Juhkam said: "In conclusion, based on the inspection, the situation at the entertainment establishments can be assessed as satisfactory. At all establishments disinfectants were available to both clients and staff and also the requirement of 50 percent capacity was adhered to."

The biggest shortfall highlighted by the official was violation of the requirement for dispersion, especially on the dancefloor and in front of the stage.

Juhkam explained: "That, unfortunately, is a result of the behavior of clients, which in its turn may be a result of the absence of a sense of danger."

Kaido Koplas, head of the PPA's West Prefecture, said that four police officers took part in the inspection tour that lasted almost three hours. He said it was a pleasure to note that most of the establishments inspected were ready to cooperate and had made efforts to ensure safety from the infection. 

Koplas said: "At the same time, big numbers of people had gathered behind the doors of several of the entertainment establishments, which may be conducive to the spread of the virus. The contribution of each person to preventing the spread of the virus is important. Please avoid crowded places, especially indoors, because there the danger of contracting the infection is definitely bigger than outdoors or in a place where it is possible to keep a distance from other people."

The Health Board is planning to conduct further inspections at entertainment establishments together with the police.


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