Coronavirus restrictions to be harmonized across Estonia from February 3

Empty cafe in Tallinn.
Empty cafe in Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus will be harmonized across the country from Wednesday, February 3 and will apply in every county, the government said on Thursday.

The decision to harmonize restrictions across the country was made by the government on the recommendation of the scientific advisory council. More details will be given on Friday.

The new restrictions will apply in Harju and Ida-Viru counties from Monday (February 1) and replace the rules currently in place.

The rules listed below will apply nationwide from Wednesday (February 3).

See the list on the government's website.

Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said it is extremely important to consider exactly the gains and losses resulting from the restrictions.

"It is the main goal of the government to get the extensive spread of the virus under control in Estonia. Regrettably, we can see that the epidemiological pattern of the spread of the coronavirus is now similar everywhere in Estonia. This means that we must also harmonize the nationwide restrictions," she said.

Nationwide restrictions from February 3

Entertainment establishments, bars, restaurants etc

Food service companies and recreational establishments may be open until 9 p.m.

Customers are allowed to stay in restaurants, bars, cafes, nightclubs, bowling alleys and similar venues until 9 p.m. No restrictions apply to the sale of food for takeaway at food service companies.

Only groups of up to six are allowed and they must be seated 2 meters from the nearest table.

The ban on the late-night sale of alcohol until 10 a.m. will continue to apply.

The maximum limit at recreational establishments will be 50 percent of capacity.

Stores and shopping malls

The current rules will continue to apply: facemasks must be worn, the 2+2 rule must be observed, 50 percent occupancy and disinfectants must be available.

Public meetings and events

A 50 percent occupancy limit in the seating area will be imposed for public meetings and events with fixed seating

The maximum number of people in attendance can be 400, as now.

Guests must be seated in static numbered seats and the dispersion requirement must be observed.

Activities without static seating are forbidden between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Outdoor events

The 500 people limit at outdoor events, such as fairs and concerts, will continue to apply.

Events cannot take place between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Religious services

A 50 percent capacity rule will be introduced and people must be dispersed.

The current rule capping participants at 250 in places without fixed seating and at 400 with it, will continue to apply. At outdoor religious services, the limit is 500.

Saunas, spas, swimming pools

Saunas, spas, aquaparks and swimming pools will have a capacity limit of 50 percent and the 2+2 rule must be followed.

A mask must be worn when not in direct contact with water, disinfectants must be available and disinfection requirements must be observed. 

Indoor events, hobby activities

The 2+2 rule at indoor sports activities, training, youth work, hobby activities and hobby education, refresher training must be followed when contact activities entailing a high risk of the spread of the virus are taking place.

These are defined as activities where intensive inhaling and exhaling of air and the formation of aerosols takes place and include singing, dancing, martial arts, playing of wind instruments, and other similar activities.

Painting, pilates, guitar lessons, ceramics classes as similar, can be conducted in groups of 10+1 and have been labeled low risk.

A list of low-risk and high-risk activities will be compiled by the Health Board.


The obligation to wear a mask indoors will continue to apply.


The number of people allowed in a group outside will rise from 25 to 50 people, including for outdoor sports competitions and sports for all events. Groups in such competitions must not come into contact with one another.


This 2+2 rule and obligation to wear a mask indoors remains in place. 


Government approves EU Council's travel restriction recommendations

The government has also approved proposals to restrict non-essential movement within the EU and between third countries to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The rules included coronavirus testing before traveling and on arrival and self-isolation requirements.

The proposal for intra-EU movement includes a new high risk category that applies to areas with an infection rate of more than 500 per 100,000 inhabitants in a 14 day period.

Member states will also require arrivals from third countries to present a negative PCR on arrival and a self-isolation requirement will apply for both non-essential and essential travel, with the exception of transport and cross-border workers.

MEPs will discuss the recommendations on travel within the EU on January 29. The recommendations aim to coordinate and harmonize restrictions on free movement in the event of a pandemic.


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