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  • Guidelines for educational and youth work institutions in autumn of the 2021/2022 academic year (27.09.21)
  • From 26 August 2021, regulations state that masks must be worn in public indoor premises for which no COVID certificate is required.
  • Wearing masks is not mandatory but recommended in public spaces and educational and youth institutions. However, we recommend wearning masks by those who are unvaccinated and by everyone else at high or very high risk of spread of the virus. ​​​​​​​
  • This restriction does not apply to children under the age of 12 or cases in which it is not possible for the individual to cover their mouth and nose due to health reasons or other significant considerations.
  • Also, from 26 August, all participants in hobby education and activities, as well as in youth work and adult training must prove their evidence of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19 or show a negative test result. The current limit of 50 people allowance indoors and 100 people outdoors will disappear. The requirement to ask for evidence does not apply to students in degree-studies at any level of education. Also, people under the age of 18 do not have to prove their safety against infection.
     

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Updated: 27.09.2021

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If you have further questions, please contact the Ministry of Education and Research hotline for coronavirus: 56900353 or 56900340 (workdays from 9am to 5pm) or e-mail info@hm.ee.

National hotline for coronavirus: 1247 or (+372) 600 1247. 

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available on the Health Board website and the government website kriis.ee.

 

Restrictions and reccommendations

EDUCATION

Starting from May 17 contact learning is allowed for all students of general education schools, vocational schools, universities of applied sciences, and higher education institutions.

The general health protection requirements and the instructions and recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Research must be taken into account when organising studies. Indoors, care must be taken to ensure air quality through ventilation.

Wearing masks is not mandatory but recommended in public spaces and educational and youth institutions.

KINDERGARTENS AND  DAY CARE FACILITIES

Kindergartens and day care facilities can continue their work while following guidelines for ensuring safety.

RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, YOUTH WORK

Form June 23

Indoor activities are allowed for a maximum number of 600 people.

  • Dispersion must be ensured.

For outdoor activities, the maximum number of participants is 1000.

Wearing masks is not mandatory starting from June 2nd but recommended in public spaces and educational and youth institutions.

ADULT EDUCATION 

Form June 23

Indoor activities are allowed for a maximum number of 600 people.

  • Dispersion must be ensured.

For outdoor activities, the maximum number of participants is 1000.

Wearing masks is not mandatory starting from June 2nd but recommended in public spaces and educational and youth institutions

TRAVEL and EVENTS

What rules must be followed when holding graduation ceremonies?

Indoors, it is necessary to provide dispersion and the occupancy rate of the room must not exceed 50%, wearing a mask is recommended. Up to 600 people can take part in events indoors and up to 1000 people can take part in events outdoors. 
We recommend to keep in mind the importance of reducing contacts between different groups when carrying out a ceremony as well as organise larger events outdoors.

Can tours, theater performances and other events take place?
We recommend organising events and study visits by classes or groups. The rules of the place to be visited must be followed.

Does a student returning from abroad have to stay home?
One must remain in self-isolation for 10 days when returning from high-risk countries. This means that one also cannot take part in e.g. recreational activities. The educational institution must be informed of the need for self-isolation, and the organisation of studies during the period of absence must be agreed on.

Up-to-date information on countries and movement restrictions for those returning to Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Those who do not wish to remain in isolation for 10 days upon returning can take a PCR coronavirus test abroad up to 72 hours before returning to Estonia. On your return, you will be able to take a second test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test abroad. A person will be released early from 10-day isolation if the results of both tests are negative.

While awaiting the test results, you must remain in self-isolation, i.e. you may not attend kindergarten, school or a recreational activity.

Persons who have had coronavirus in the last 12 months or are fully vaccinated are not required to undertake self-isolation.

Can a person whose close relative returned from a trip go to school?

Yes. There is no obligation to isolate for persons whose close relatives include those who have returned from a trip or who have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19.

 

Last updated: 29 September 2021