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  • Starting from March 11, students in grades 1 to 4 must also start distance learning, and contact learning is not permitted for those that are preparing to take the final exams of basic school or state exams.
  • The Government strongly recommends not taking children to kindergarten or child care if there isn’t an urgent need.
  • Youth work, hobby and adult education: starting from March 11, it is prohibited to carry out any of the abovementioned activities in public indoor spaces.

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Updated: 19.03.2021

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Strict restrictions are in force all over Estonia from March 11

Education

Starting from March 11, students in grades 1 to 4 must also start distance learning, and contact learning is not permitted for those that are preparing to take the final exams of basic school or state exams. As an exception, it is still foreseen that in emergency cases, primary school students may continue to spend time in school buildings and participate in activities organised there.

Taking into account the restrictions enacted to stop the spread of the coronavirus, spending time in school buildings is allowed to a student who needs educational support services, consultations in order to achieve learning results, is participating in practical learning, or taking exams or tests. Going forward, carrying out preparatory work for the Olympiads is not allowed as a contact activity until at least April 11.

The Government strongly recommends not taking children to kindergarten or child care if there isn’t an urgent need. The Ministry of Education and Research will issue the institutions guidelines on how to organise their work as safely as possible, reiterating the main preventive measures and principles of work organisation.

Indoor and outdoor sports, training, youth work, hobby activities, informal education, and refresher training

Starting from March 11, it is prohibited to carry out any of the abovementioned activities in public indoor spaces.

Indoor training activities may continue only for professional athletes in a competition system of a sports federation, members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams and athletes of the teams in the highest national divisions. Members of the second national division teams are not allowed to train indoors.

The restriction continues to not apply to the activities of people with special needs and rehabilitation.

Outdoor informal education, hobby activities, refresher training, youth work, sports and training are allowed only if the 2+2 rule is followed. This means that no more than two people (counting the instructor) can move around and practice sports together, keeping a distance of at least 2 metres from other people. The restriction does not apply to families moving around together.

The restrictions on practicing sports outdoors also do not extend to professional athletes, and members and candidates of the national team. Neither do the restrictions extend to the activities related to the military defence and internal security of the state, people with special needs and rehabilitation activities.

Additional information:
General COVID-19 information for educational institutions (in Estonian)

Last updated: 19 March 2021