Spectators to be allowed at sporting events from tomorrow

03.06.2021 | 13:34

Stenbock House, 3 June 2021 – The Government has decided that spectators will be allowed at sporting competitions and events from Friday, 4 June. This will harmonise the restrictions in the field of sports with those for public events.
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As applied to indoor public events, the dispersion requirement and space occupancy requirement of up to 50 per cent must be taken into account in competitions and other events in the sports sector. The maximum number of participants, including spectators, remains the same until 13 June: up to 200 indoors and up to 250 outdoors. For competitions and events, the restriction to end these at 22.00, or within a reasonable time after that, will remain in place. From 14 June, the same restriction applies until 00.00. There will still be no time limit for international high-level sporting competitions. Until 3 June, only top athletes are allowed to participate in indoor competitions.

From 14 June, there may be up to 600 participants and spectators indoors, with the dispersion requirement and space occupancy requirement of up to 50 per cent. Up to 1,000 people can participate outdoors.

From 14 June, events may also be organised with up to 3,000 people participating indoors during the day and up to 9,000 people outdoors during the day, provided that infection safety is ensured. This will apply if only people who have tested negative for COVID-19 or have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and completed the entire vaccination course participate. Read more: https://valitsus.ee/uudised/valitsus-lubab-korraldada-nakkusohutuse-tagamisel-suurema-osalejate-arvuga-uritusi

The Government is making mitigations in the light of declining coronavirus infection rates, which burden the health care system, and an increase in the number of people vaccinated in the population.

According to the COVID-19 monitoring study carried out by the University of Tartu, the number of adults at risk of infection in Estonia has fallen by a third, from 0.58% to 0.38% in one month. This means that around 3,900 adults are currently at risk of infection. The study also found that half of the adults have developed COVID-19 antibodies, with 80% of people over the age of 65 already having antibodies. The results of the study indicate that the restrictions have significantly reduced the spread of COVID-19 and the current mitigations have not led to an increase in the risk of infection.

According to the Health Board, the speed of the spread of the virus in Estonia has slowed down, but the intensity of morbidity is still high across the country. Therefore, it is still important to follow the rules and recommendations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In public indoor areas, it is strongly recommended to move and stand in a dispersed manner, to observe hand and coughing hygiene, to wear a mask in enclosed and poorly ventilated crowded indoor areas, and to also wear a mask where required by the employer, company or other institution.

The Government Communication Unit publishes the order and explanatory memorandum on the website at kriis.ee. The order will also be published in Riigi Teataja.   

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