Quarantine restrictions eased, use more flexible multiplier

As of Friday, arrivals in Estonia from countries with a reported coronavirus rate of less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants may do so without the need to self-quarantine, under a new regulation which employs a multiplier rather than a fixed rate in determining whether to apply quarantine.

The change was primarily made to maintain ease of movement for people from Estonia’s nearest EU neighbors, and also to simplify weekly recalculations, which saw changes to whose countries’ arrivals in Estonia would need to quarantine and whose not almost every week.

The move is also in-line with the EU’s desire to denote any countries with a COVID-19 rate below 25 per 100,000 as on the “green” list, meaning no-quarantine.

The previous ceiling in Estonia had been 16 per 100,000, which meant that the list of countries whose arrivals in Estonia needed to quarantine continued to grow each week, until all bar Finland, Latvia and the Vatican were on the quarantine-list.

Under the new regime, those arriving in Estonia need not quarantine if they came from:

  • A country with a rate less than 25 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the preceding 14 days, or
  • A country with a rate under 50 cases per 100,000, if that rate is no more than 1.1 times the rate of Estonia’s at the time.

Read more: ERR.EE

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