Emergency situation

Supervision of observance of restrictions

The 2+2 rule and requirement to wear a mask

How do the police check the observance of the 2+2 rule and the requirement to wear a mask?

The police assist the Health Board in ensuring that the established restrictions are observed and as a modification of their routine duties, police officers are now also conducting random checks in public indoor spaces.

If police officers notice that people are not wearing masks when interacting with others, e.g. in shopping centres or at customer service desks, they explain to them why wearing a mask is important. If police officers have reason to believe that the mask requirement is disregarded intentionally, we will report this to the Health Board.

Do the police fine people for not wearing a mask?

Our current cooperation arrangement does not include the police processing violations and imposing fines; instead, we notify the Health Board, who will commence misdemeanour proceedings or impose a penalty payment, where needed.

What should I do if I notice someone not wearing a mask in a public indoor space?

If someone is not wearing a mask, the wisest course of action would be to notify a local employee, e.g. a sales assistant or a security guard. If you call 112, the Emergency Response Centre will record the information and notify the Health Board where necessary.

Why is police supervision not conducted to the same extent and following the same principles as in the spring?

During the emergency situation, it was the task of the police to process the violations of restrictions, but since the end of the emergency situation, the Health Board has been responsible for both supervision and imposing sanctions, using the help of the police in carrying out some of these tasks. The current restrictions apply mainly to indoor spaces, where the owners of the spaces can also make sure that the rules are followed.

Has the number of patrol units been increased for supervision purposes?

To curb the spread of the virus, the Police and Border Guard Board has increased the number of patrol units. The increased visibility of patrolling officers helps to raise people’s awareness of the restrictions and to check that the mask requirement is observed in public indoor spaces. The number of patrol units has been increased at the expense of less critical services, such as traffic supervision, regional police work, migration supervision, etc.

Information on countries and self isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia 

How can the police check whether people are observing the self isolation requirement?

The police can check observance of this requirement e.g. while conducting traffic supervision or while carrying out border checks or other duties. The police forward information on violations of the self isolation requirement to the Health Board, who will decide on a course of action and a potential penalty payment.

Can the police impose penalties for violating the self isolation requirement?

The police notify the Health Board of any recorded cases. Violators of self isolation requirements may face a penalty payment of up to 9,600 euros or misdemeanour proceedings.

Restrictions on the Estonian Russian border 

How is supervision of the self isolation requirement conducted on the border between Estonia and Russia?

When conducting border checks, the police are paying increased attention to the obligation to stay at home imposed on people. If a person crossing the border violates the coronavirus self isolation requirement, the police report this to the Health Board for the purposes of imposing a penalty payment.

While those entering Estonia from third countries must self isolate for ten days, about a dozen people subject to that requirement cross the border repeatedly every week.

Can the police impose penalties for violating the self isolation requirement?

The police notify the Health Board of any recorded cases. Violators of self isolation requirements may face a penalty payment of up to 9,600 euros or misdemeanour proceedings.