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Tartu schools on a remote learning regime and several institutions closed

Tartu City Government Press Release

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12 March / This afternoon, the Estonian Health Board confirmed two new COVID-19 cases in Tartu. Due to the rapid spread of the virus, the Tartu City Government decided that public schools in the city of Tartu will operate on a remote learning regime starting Monday, 16 March. In addition, from Saturday, 14 March, museums, hobby schools, libraries, day centres and sports centres under the city administration will also be closed. These closures will initially remain in effect until 30 March.

According to mayor Urmas Klaas, head of the Tartu city crisis management team, these decisions are very important because in light of the new cases, citizens need to be protected. “The spread of the virus is unpredictable and we must do all we can to stop it,” explained Klaas.

To reduce the risk of infection, public schools in Tartu will be placed on a remote learning regime for two weeks. The school facilities will remain closed to third parties. Schools that serve special needs students will initially remain open (the Tartu Herbert Masing School, Tartu Maarja School, Tartu Kroonuaia School), and the city government will decide on their closure as the need arises. The city government advises all private schools in Tartu to also consider remote learning for their students.

Kindergartens will remain open for now, but the city government recommends that families who can keep their children at home should not take their children to kindergartens.  

Hobby schools and youth centres run by the city will not operate starting on 14 March. The city government urges all private instances that offer extracurricular activities to stop operations, including all hobby schools and non-profit organisations. 

As of Saturday, 14 March, the Tartu Oskar Luts Public Library will also be closed to visitors, including the branch libraries and the museums under city administration (the Tartu City Museum and its branches, as well as the Tartu Toy Museum). 

Day centres for the elderly are closed starting Monday, and visitation restrictions are already in effect for nursing homes.
Today the crisis management team of the city government also issued urgent recommendations for event organisers to cancel or postpone all international events, events with over 100 participants or events targeted at the elderly until 30 April.
For more information about the spread of the corona virus: www.terviseamet.ee/en/covid19

Last changed 12.03.2020