Scientific council recommended closing malls, limiting groups to six

A social distancing sign in Tallinn.
A social distancing sign in Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The scientific advisory council has disclosed proposals it made to the government this week to curb the spread of the coronavirus. While the government did not follow all the guidelines, it extended the proposed period of distance learning.

ERR's Estonian portal published the recommendations on Friday, which are republished below.

The scientific advisory councils' recommendations to the government:

1. Limit the number of participants in public and private meetings to six people (excluding families).

2. Forbib all indoor and outdoor public events.

3. Close entertainment and cultural institutions, such as nightclubs, casinos, movie theaters, theaters and concert venues.

4. Close shopping malls, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential services.

5. Close sports clubs.

6. Limit catering establishments' opening hours to 6 p.m. maximum.

7. Request that everyone who can work from home, does so.

8. Move all schools to distance learning for two weeks after the school holidays.

9. During the same period, move adult learning online.

10. Require all arrivals to Estonia to test for COVID-19 on arrival to help quickly identify new virus strains.

11. Improve communication on existing restrictions, recommendations and their objectives.

12. Strengthen compliance with existing rules.

Yesterday's new restrictions announced by the government did not follow all the recommendations made by the council.

Shopping malls will not be shut and groups of six are not being recommended by the coalition. However, children will continue distance learning until the end of March, longer than the two weeks suggested by the council.

Minister for Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said he would have liked the restrictions to be stricter.


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