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Tallinn cancels events planned for car-free day on Sunday

BC, Tallinn, 15.09.2020.Print version

The Tallinn city government has decided to cancel city-wide events planned as part of the car-free day for Sunday for the purpose of curbing the spread of the coronavirus, informed LETA/BNS. 

Deputy mayor of Tallinn Kalle Klandorf said that the city aims to keep the risk of infection as low as possible, which is why it has decided to cancel the family sports day and other events planned as part of the car-free day.

"We can see that the number of infections is on the rise in Tallinn and unfortunately, we won't be able to guarantee that only people who are healthy will attend the events. Having event organizers or employees of the city assess people's health condition is not feasible, either," Klandorf said.

The deputy mayor added that the cancelling of events does not mean that the idea of a car-free day has been abandoned. The car-free day has been introduced to draw residents' attention to healthier and environmentally friendlier means of mobility, he said, and invited everyone not to use their car in September, which has been declared the month for environmentally friendly mobility.

While the city government has currently not cancelled all public events organized by the city, it only green-lights events at which a safe and contactless distance between people can be guaranteed and which do not increase the number of passengers on public transport.

COVID-19 cases currently number 178 in Tallinn and Harju County, most of them in the capital city, according to data by the Health Board. In order to curb the growing risk of the coronavirus, Tallinn schools began dispersing students and partially switching to distance learning where needed from Monday. 

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