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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.

The Government states that people must wear masks at indoor premises not checked for the risk of infection and just covering one’s mouth and nose will no longer be enough.

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. Wear a medical mask on public transport and elsewhere in public where COVID certificates are not checked but the virus may be quick to spread. 

Autumn timetables 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

All participants (from age of 18) must present the COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery in most organised activities.

Public meetings, events, services, entertainment

  • Public meetings and events are allowed, but participants must prove their safety against infection. This means that before participating in the event, participants must prove their infection safety by submitting a COVID-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery.

  • The organizers are obliged to verify the authenticity of the COVID-19 certificate and the data on it. In case of reasonable doubt, the person responsible for the activity is obliged to establish the identity of the person submitting the certificate or test.

  • In the case of a public event with unrestricted outdoor conditions, there is no limit to the number of participants, nor is there an obligation to check for infection safety.

  • Indoor events and activities with more participants can only be organised if the infection safety and monitoring thereof is ensured. In such cases, there may be up to 6,000 attendees indoors and up to 12,000 outdoors.

Saunas, spas, swimming pools, and water parks

  • Saunas and pools are opened with some restrictions

  • Saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools must be COVID-19 certified. All participants over the age of 18 must present a valid COVID-19 certificate proving vaccination or recovery.

How to behave at the market and in shopping centres:

  • Shops and service points are open

  • Using COVID-19 certificate is not mandatory in stores, including grocery stores and other convenience stores, pharmacies, providers of telecommunications or mobile repair services, and the provision of banking services, and so on. Both in shops and in various places where the service is provided (eg banks, post offices, beauty salons), a mask must be worn, and dispersal of people or hand disinfection must be provided.

  • It is compulsory to wear a mask in stores and service facilities. The service provider or trader has the right to admit a person who refuses to wear a protective mask to the service area. Commercial and service enterprises must ensure the dispersion of people, so that people and groups of people would not be too close to each other.

  • If the shopping center is the location of different services (eg cinema, sports club or restaurant) that are subject to the COVID-19 certification requirement, the certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented at these service points before participating in the activity.

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:

Vaccinated students in general education or vocational schools will not be required to remain in quarantine after close contact with a person that has COVID-19 disease. Unvaccinated students will be tested at school, to avoid quarantine.

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):

Hobby activities are allowed allowed with restrictions. All participants (from age of 18) of in-service training, hobby education and activities must present the COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery.

Restaurants and food delivery


  • Eating in the outdoor dining areas and indoors is allowed. Catering establishments are opened. 
  • All customers of catering establishments who are over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if checking the COVID-19 certificates is ensured.
  • The requirement does not apply to the purchase of pre-ordered food or the provision of a courier service or to a domestic passenger ferry or funeral home.

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.


  • Exercising and training alone or with companions is allowed.
  • All participants over the age of 18 must present a valid COVID-19 certificate proving vaccination or recovery. 
  • The COVID certificate does not need to be checked for outdoor events with unrestricted territory.
  • Indoors, in addition to checking COVID certificate or tests, it is important to ensure dispersal and use of disinfection to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • If the infection safety and monitoring is ensured, there may be up to 6,000 attendees indoors and up to 12,000 outdoors.

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 26.10.2021