Estonia mine restarts operations after coronavirus outbreak

Estonia mine.
Estonia mine. Source: Jarek Jõepera/University of Tartu Natural History Museum

Eesti Energia's Estonia oil shale mine in Ida-Viru County will reopen today after an outbreak of coronavirus suspended operations two weeks ago.

Eesti Energia's crisis committee decided on Wednesday morning that work will resume in the mine, which has been closed since August 21, from Thursday, spokespeople for the company said.

The prerequisite for this is that all workers adhere strictly to the precautions taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In addition to the usual preventive measures, such as maintaining social distance, hand hygiene, body temperature measurement, using the coronavirus exposure notification app 'HOIA' and wearing masks, the employer requires all colleagues working in Ida-Viru County to fill in a health declaration.

The requirement also applies to partners entering the premisis of Eesti Energia. Some employees will continue working remotely until the end of September.

A total of 32 of Eesti Energia's employees have been infected with the coronavirus.


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