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Tartu will get new street lighting and recreation area

The coronavirus emergency in Estonia ends, some restrictions remain

  • May 18, 2020 13:00
  • Author TheMayor.EU
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Tartu, the second-largest city of Estonia, has set its sights on renewing street lighting throughout. About a thousand outdated lamps in Annelin district will be replaced with more economical LED luminaires along with new poles and cables. By the end of 2021, the city's largest residential area will boast modern and energy-efficient street lighting.

"Reconstruction of Annelinn's street lighting has a significant positive impact on the living environment in general, as the lighting is also directly related to safety and traffic safety," said Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm, announcing the move.

The reconstruction will achieve better reliability of street lighting in the whole area, reduce maintenance costs and save electricity. The planned energy savings amount to 371 MWh per year, which is approximately 50 percent of the current cost of electricity in the region.

The Annelinna street lighting reconstruction project is financed to the extent of 70 percent from the EU Cohesion Fund. The total cost of the project is almost 2 million euros. The works are planned to start in June with the deadline set for December 2021.

New play and recreation zone

More pleasant surprises are in store for Annelin. Construction of a state-of-the-art play and recreation area is underway in the heart of the district, equipped with various facilities including a carousel, a climbing tower, a surface trampoline, asphalt games, a health trail for seniors and a cycling lane for children.

End of coronavirus emergency

Today, 18 May, the coronavirus emergency in Estonia comes to an end as the Baltic country sees a steady decline in cases. Nevertheless, many restrictions remain in place, including the ban on alcohol sales from 22:00 to 10:00, and quarantine requirements for COVID-19 patients and people living with them.

Nightclubs, gambling establishments, and adult clubs will remain closed. Saunas, spas, swimming pools, and water centres can open from 1 June. They must ensure compliance with the 2+2 rule (up to two people may stay together, 2 meters apart from others), and the requirements for dispersion of people, 50 percent capacity and disinfection.    

As of 1 July, indoor and outdoor sports competitions without spectators, cultural and public events such as movies, performances, concerts, conferences, fairs, festivals, will be allowed, provided they follow the 2+2 rule. The social distancing rule will apply also to resumed educational activities and religious services.   

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