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Free kindergartens for Tallinn children amidst emergency measures

Estonia is to receive €295 million in structural funds to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic

  • March 19, 2020 16:00
  • Author Plamen Petrov
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Using a loophole in the State of Emergency decree, Tallinn City Government decided to not only keep municipal kindergartens open, but exempt parents of children attending them from paying tuition.  

Estonia is in an emergency from 16 March to 1 May aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The prohibition extends to cultural events, ferry travel, public events.

Schools are closed, but local governments are entitled to decide over the operation and organization of work of kindergartens and daycares. In Tallinn, all municipal kindergartens are currently operating while following strict guidelines for protecting the health of children.

According to Mayor Mikhail Kõlvart, the tuition fee exemption concerns all parents, regardless of whether the child is currently attending kindergarten or not. In Tallinn, the monthly fee for a municipal kindergarten is EUR 71.25 per child and EUR 78.26 for kindergartens with a swimming pool.

"We consider it important to provide parents doing vital work with the assurance that their children have been taken care of, if necessary 24 hours a day," Kõlvart said, quoted by the municipal website. “There may be changes in the organization of the kindergartens, but now everyone is ready to accept children. At the same time, we are ready to react if there is a need to close some groups or the whole kindergarten, but we will not close all kindergartens at once. ”   

Estonia’s cases have risen to 258

The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Estonia has risen to 258. According to the Health Board, most patients exhibit mild symptoms, with Harju County and the island of Saaremaa remaining the most affected regions.

Meanwhile, the government office announced that Estonia is to receive €295 million in European Commission-proposed structural funds, aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The money comes from a total of €37 billion allocated for the purpose and distributed between all 27 Member States. The funds will cover help for small- to medium-sized enterprises and measures to mitigate or avoid large scale job losses or loss of income.



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