Police, Health Board to launch joint patrols in coronavirus 'risk areas'

A woman wearing a mask on a tram in Tallinn. Picture is illustrative.
A woman wearing a mask on a tram in Tallinn. Picture is illustrative. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) and Health Board will start joint patrols in areas with a higher risk of coronavirus in the coming weeks.

"The police and the Health Board will conduct joint patrols in places where the Health Board considers the risk of infection to be high. In addition to shopping centers and entertainment and catering places, more attention will be paid to public transport," PPA senior commissioner Tago Trei told ERR on Friday.

Trei said more detailed cooperation is currently being discussed. An order from the government has allowed for the creation of joint patrols. The order casts the Health Board as the responsible authority and allows the PPA to offer assistance.

At a government press conference on Thursday, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) discussed the possibility of police checking if people comply with the mask-wearing requirement. Deputy Director General of the Health Board Mari-Anne Härma also mentioned a similar situation.

Trei said: "The police will continue to inspect public spaces to help reduce the spread of the virus, but it is everyone's own responsibility to ensure that they comply with government restrictions and wear a mask."


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