The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) issued a ban starting Saturday to keep people from venturing onto the ice of Lake Peipus as well as adjacent lakes on the Estonian-Russian border, including the Narva Reservoir.
"In order to not endanger your own life and the lives of others, the restriction has to be observed," Indrek Püvi, head of the Border Guard Office for East Estonia, said in a press release on Saturday.
He added that the ice cover that formed on the surface of the lakes is still too thin to support a human.
"We will keep an eye on the situation with local professional fishermen, and when the layer of ice is thick enough to support a person, we will drop the restriction and notify the public about it," Püvi said.
The icebound lakes are considered safe for ice fishing when the ice is at least 10 cm thick in all places.
The ban applies to people moving on foot and by means of vehicles alike.
Editor: Dario Cavegn