“Unfortunately, the possibility of additional restrictions cannot be ruled out,” Kiik told AK.
“We need to take a look at the infection rate, determine how many new outbreaks there are when there are infection problems in certain areas, and act accordingly.”
This meant tighter restrictions were possible over Christmas but also depended on the actions of the public and authorities, he said.
Kiik said, “The government’s goal is not to block this time. We have done pretty well with public behavior, responsible businesses and local authorities, and I hope this can be enforced by the end of the year.”
Kiik also noted that Estonia’s two hardest hit regions, including two of the most populous counties, Harju and Ida-Viru, see additional restrictions of their own.
Kiik said, “The official government ordinance next Friday (today – edition) will cover hobby and sports activities. While there was previously a maximum of 10 people per training session, it will now be about that in Ida-Viru County.” Solo at the gym, or you can still have piano or language lessons with a teacher. However, a large number of group types are blocked for up to two weeks. “
The restrictions are reviewed every two weeks
Two weeks is the standard period after which existing restrictions are reviewed, he added.
“Generally we have expanded restrictions, but if we see the rate of infection declining, it is also possible to forego some of the restrictions. Again, this depends on public behavior and infection rates in the coming weeks.”
While schools combine distance learning with classroom activities, the focus in Tallinn, Harju County, and Ida-Viru County has been on the first, with no change likely, Kiik said, as the government doesn’t want too much of a back and forth Shifting in his prescriptions.
If schools return after the Christmas and New Years break on Monday January 10, there is hope that schooling will generally be restored, Kiik added.
The virus has spread among educational institutions, including after-school activities and groups, and these non-essential areas have been restricted the most.
The vaccinations should hopefully start in January, Kiik added, although that also depended on the European Commission and the European Medicines Agency. Frontline health workers and others at highest risk whose vaccination was in the public interest would be the first to receive a vaccine, Kiik added.
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