Saaremaa authorities appeal to premier on enforcing in-store mask-wearing

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Sign (on public transport) urging the public to wear a face-mask. Source: Ellina Katšan

Local authorities on Saaremaa have appealed to the prime minister to make face-mask-wearing in stores mandatory, amid rising rates on an island already blighted by the first wave of the coronavirus last spring, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Sunday night.

The island's rural municipality would need the measurements to be installed by the national government; the municpality proposed giving businesses the right to refuse service to customers not wearing a mask.

Saaremaa's 14-day coronavirus rate per 100,000 inhabitants stood at 1,708 as of Sunday, substantially higher than the national rate, which recently broke the 1,000-mark and itself is the fourth highest of any European country.

The rural municipality's crisis committee is set to review any possible additional restrictions it is empowered to put in place, including those on kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions.

Schools went back after the half-term break today, Monday, with a one-week remote learning requirement enacted nationwide recently prolonged to span the entire month.

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