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Guidelines for Tartu residents

Guidelines for Tartu residents

Dear residents of Tartu!

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are consolidating on this page the instructions and guidelines to be observed in regard to the spreading of the virus. COVID-19 is a droplet infection spread from person to person via sneezing and coughing, and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which spreads through contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

From 31 May, the 2+2 restriction on movement in public indoor areas will be replaced by a dispersion requirement. The dispersion requirement means that strangers should maintain a reasonable distance from the point of view of virus transmission.

How to stop the spread of the coronavirus?

  • The most effective way to prevent infection is to keep your distance. It is recommended that a mask be worn in crowded areas and especially indoors, where it is not possible to keep your distance from other people. Enclosed crowded spaces should be avoided, if possible.
  • Hand hygiene must be observed. Warm water and soap should be used for hand washing, with alcohol-based hand sanitizer being utilised in public places.
  • When sneezing or coughing, you must cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. The used tissue should be thrown away immediately, after which you should wash your hands. If there is no napkin, use your sleeve (inside elbow portion), not your bare hand.
  • If you are sick, you should remain at home, even if your symptoms are mild. If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should suspect infection with the coronavirus and contact your family doctor.

The following guidelines will be updated on a running basis.

Foto: Ragnar Vutt


The testing tent is located in the lower parking lot of the Tartu Song Festival Grounds. Free testing is only available with a referral from your family doctor.

Instructions from the Health Board:

  • You must arrive for testing at the agreed upon time, not significantly earlier or later.
  • A person who suspects that they are infected with the corona virus may not travel by public transport to take the test.
  • It is recommended that you wear a personal mask and disinfect your hands, while keeping a distance of two metres.
  • If you are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms and it is not possible to visit the testing tent in person, this should be stated when agreeing on the test time, in which case providing a sample at home is recommended.

Public transportation and waste management


Entrances to city buses are equipped with disinfectants.
It is recommended that a mask be worn on the bus.

From 31 August, city buses will once again switch to autumn timetables. Changes can be viewed in greater detail in the https://web.peatus.ee/ travel planner.

Tartu Smart Bike Share 

The city is doing its best to make the use of Smart Bike Share system bicycles as safe as possible during the period when viruses are spreading, and will be disinfecting the bicycles every day, as required, at bicycle docking stations and in the workshop. Smart Bike Share system users must also be responsible and comply with important health safety regulations:

  • if possible, wear gloves when riding,
  • after you have finished riding the bicycle, wash or disinfect your hands immediately,
  • keep your distance from other road users at bicycle docking stations and while riding the bicycle,
  • the 2+2 rule also applies to Tartu Smart Bike Share bicycles; don’t ride in groups.

waste management

  • The Tartu City Waste Station, located at Jaama 72c and Selli tn 19, is open Mon–Fri 10.00–18.00 and LP 10.00–16.00. 
  • Very important - please don’t collect waste separately by type if you are sick or suspect that you have been exposed to the virus. All waste must be placed in a plastic bag, sealed carefully and thrown away as mixed municipal waste (subject for incineration or landfilling).

Commerce and entertainment

Public meetings, events, services, entertainment

  • From 11 June, up to 600 people will be allowed to participate in the indoor events mentioned above. The requirement for 50% occupancy per room must be considered. A maximum of 1,000 people are allowed to participate in these events in a restricted outdoor area.


  • From 11 June, museums and exhibition centres will be able to accommodate up to 600 people per room, subject to dispersal requirements, with no more than 50% of the room occupied. Outdoor areas for visitors are allowed to have up to 50% occupancy.

Saunas, spas, swimming pools, and water parks

  • From 11 June, a maximum of 600 people will be allowed to attend an event indoors, subject to dispersal and a 50% occupancy requirement.

How to behave at the market and in shopping centres:

  • Visit shops as seldom as possible, make a list of necessary items for a longer period.
  • If possible, visit the store during off hours.
  • Keep at least 2 meters distance from other people.
  • When shopping, do not touch goods (both packaged and unpackaged) for no reason.
  • Unpackaged fruit and vegetables must be washed thoroughly. Washing packages is also recommended.
  • Avoid using cash for payment of purchases.
  • Use home delivery services as much as possible.
  • After visiting shops, make sure to properly wash your hands.

In shops and service outlets, dispersion must be ensured and occupancy must not exceed 50%.

If you are ill, you cannot go to the store or the pharmacy. Don’t delay buying medicine until you are ill.


Schools, nursery schools and hobby groups are subject to the following restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus:

In schools:

All students of general education schools, vocational schools, and higher education institutions who previously have had to be schooled from distance will be allowed to physically attend school.

In nursery schools:

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.

  • only healthy children may be brought to nursery schools, this includes the parent; 
  •  reception of the child in the nursery school and transfer to the parent should, if possible, be organized in the yard area or breezeway; if the weather worsens, 1-2 parents can also stay in the group’s dressing room;
  • it is recommended that daily nursey school activities be performed in smaller groups, with priority being given to outdoor activities over indoor activities.
  • the parent must wear a mask when entering the institution;
  • Parents who are referred for corona testing or who are waiting for the results of their corona test may not bring their child to nursery school.

Hobby education and activities (including workouts):

From 11 June, a maximum of 600 people will be allowed to attend events indoors, subject to dispersal and a 50% occupancy requirement. A maximum of 1,000 people are allowed to take part in events in a restricted outdoor area.

Restaurants and food delivery


From 11 June, up to 50% indoor occupancy will be allowed. There is no longer a limit on the number of participants in a group. The requirement for dispersion must be considered.

Food delivery

Based on the need to minimize contact between people, the Tartu City Government recommends that you avoid visiting shops and instead order delivery of food to your home or a parcel machine, if possible. If visiting a shop is unavoidable, it is recommended that you carefully plan your shopping list and also plan ahead. The City Government is also calling on people to help family members and relatives who lack the ability or skills to place orders online.

The page is being updated on a continuous basis.


Participating in sports:

From 11 June, a maximum of 600 people will be allowed to attend events indoors, subject to dispersal and a 50% occupancy requirement. A maximum of 1,000 people are allowed to take part in events in a restricted outdoor area.

Sporting and exercising events

  • From 11 June, indoor events will be allowed for up to 600 people, including spectators, with a 50% occupancy limit per room. A maximum of 1,000 people are allowed to take part in events in a restricted outdoor area, including spectators.

  • From 11 June, top-level sporting competitions will be allowed, both indoors and outdoors, without group and time limits.  Indoors, up to 600 participants, including spectators, will be allowed, with a 50% occupancy rate per room, and up to 1,000 participants in restricted outdoor areas, including spectators.

Information about Coronavirus disease COVID-19

The national coronavirus crisis hotline is 1247.

  • If you suspect that you have been infected with the coronavirus, you should contact your general practitioner (GP), ask for assistance through the GP hotline 1220 (if calling from outside of Estonia: +372 634 6630) or in case of need, call the ambulance at the emergency number 112.
  • COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of the flu. The virus may cause coughing, fever, and trouble breathing.
  • The best defence against infection is washing hands and avoiding contact with infected people.
  • After returning from abroad, you have to stay in home isolation for 14 days.

Read more about the coronavirus on the website of the Health Board.

Emergency situation

Last changed 26.08.2021