Government Decides to Issue Special Permits for Four Major Sports Events | Criis

The Government has decided to support the proposal of the Ministry of Culture to host four sporting events of primary public or national interest.

The government decided to issue a special permit for four major sporting events

The government decided to issue a special permit for four major sporting events
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According to the decision of the government, up to 6,000 people are allowed to start the 48th Tartu Marathon on February 20, of which up to 4,000 people can participate in a distance of 63 km and up to 2,000 people in a distance of 31 km. The special permit is issued taking into account the importance of the Tartu Marathon and the experience of the organizer, as well as the ability to maintain dispersal over long distances, both on the track and at the start and finish points. Persons over 12 years of age can participate in the marathon (with the exception of children's races) only with a COVID-19 certificate. The organizers of the Tartu Marathon presented a risk reduction plan to the Health Board and discussed the safest ways to run the event. More detailed information about security measures will be published by the organizer.

According to the decision of the government, the game of the qualifying tournament of the Basketball World Championship between the national teams of Estonia and Poland on February 25, 2022 in Saku Suurhall can be held with the participation of spectators up to 3360 people. When issuing the special permit, the sporting level of the competition, the size of the Saku Suurhall (more than 6,000 spectators), the possibilities of dispersal, as well as the high competence and experience of the Estonian Basketball Association in organizing competitions were taken into account.

In addition, the government issued permission to allow up to 6,000 spectators to the Biathlon World Cup in Otepää on each day of the competition, of which 3,000 in the stands and 3,000 near the track. The organizer is obliged to apply additional restrictions on the number of spectators established by the Health Board in the event of a possible rapid increase in cases requiring inpatient treatment. The stage of the Biathlon World Cup will be held in Otepää from 10 to 13 March.

The government has also approved the fourth proposal of the Ministry of Culture, which means that the UEFA Nations League football match between Estonia and Cyprus on 24 March 2022 can be played at Lilleküla Stadium with up to 5,000 people, of which up to 4,640 are spectators. In total, the stadium has 14,336 seats, spectators will be divided into four different stands, and their contact with players and support staff will be limited. When organizing the game, they proceed from the rules of the government and the requirements of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). When issuing a special permit, the sporting significance of the competition and the possibility of dispersing spectators were taken into account.

The issuance of a special permit requires the coordination of the risk reduction plan with the Department of Health and the approval of the local government. In addition to specific security measures, all current COVID rules apply at each event: the obligation to have a certificate and wear a mask in the relevant areas, time limits, etc. According to the current government order, up to 2000 participants or spectators can be at outdoor sports events, indoors – up to 1000 people.