Tallinn closing public playgrounds, sports fields from Tuesday

  • 2020-03-23
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The City of Tallinn is to restrict access to public playgrounds and sports fields from Tuesday to reduce the risk of contagion in public urban spaces.

"While it may appear that the spread and consequences of the virus are not overly visible at this time, we nonetheless deem it necessary to restrict access to playgrounds and sports fields," Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kolvart was quoted by spokespeople as saying.

"It is understood that parents need to do something with their kids who have stayed at home, but considering the large number of people at playgrounds and sport pitches over the past few days, we estimate the risk of contagion at playgrounds to be high. Whether or not we'll be able to curb the spread of the virus is up to every one of us. In the present situation, staying home is critical despite good weather in order to prevent contact with other people and frequently touched surfaces. It is understandable that the restriction is inconvenient, but we ask for parents' understanding and call on them to safeguard their children's health," Kolvart said. 

Based on information by the Health Board, droplet infection is the main mode of transmission while the virus also spreads via contaminated surfaces. Playgrounds and sports fields are used by numerous people, and disinfection of these facilities is ineffective, not to mention that children come into direct contact with one another while on the playground.

Public playgrounds and sports fields number around 300 in Tallinn.