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Most nature strollers follow the rules of the emergency situation

The inspections conducted last weekend by the Environmental Inspectorate showed that in general, people strolling in nature are aware of and follow the emergency situation rules. In some cases, it was necessary to explain the 2 + 2 rule and issue verbal warnings, but there were no major incidents.

Minister of the Environment Rene Kokk thanked all those who have not forgotten to follow the emergency situation rules while in nature. β€˜It is great that there are still undiscovered places in Estonia that people can visit during the emergency situation while following all the applicable restrictions,’ said the minister.

Environmental inspectors helped the police to monitor compliance with restrictions on movement, especially in hiking and recreational areas and popular fishing spots. In total, more than 30 pairs of inspectors were out on patrols.

In some places, there were groups of children or young people who dispersed after spotting the patrol car, but they probably gathered again after the inspectors left. Therefore, it is necessary to scale up efforts in raising awareness particularly among young people,’ said Allar Leppind, Deputy Director General of the Environmental Inspectorate.

There were cases where some people parked their cars in the protected area due to the abundance of cars. Wrongly parked cars were ordered to be parked in the designated car parks and the drivers were issued a verbal warning.

There were many fishermen by water bodies but, in general, they kept the required distance, partly simply to prevent tangled fishing lines,’ Leppind noted.

The Environmental Inspectorate carries out day-to-day inspections as much as possible and continues to monitor compliance with restrictions on movement as part of professional assistance. Inspectors provide advice and explanations so that the necessary information reaches as many people as possible.

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