The political status in Estonia
On 22 August, a congress of the Centre Party gave a new mandate to the party's current chairman Juri Ratas, the prime minister of Estonia, to continue in the post of party leader and elected Tanel Kiik and Lauri Laats as new members of the party's governing board. Kiik is the minister of social affairs in the Estonian government and Laats is the elder of the Tallinn city district of Mustamae.
Scaling up the COVID-19 fight, a mandatory two-week self-isolation period has applied to people arriving in Estonia from 27 European countries. The self-isolation mandate will apply to people arriving in Estonia from, among others, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. According to the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, self-isolation will no longer be compulsory for passengers arriving from Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, San Marino, Slovakia, Finland, Hungary and the Vatican.
On 3 September, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Minister of Finance Martin Helme and Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu called on Estonian people to download the Hoia app, which has been designed to support efforts to curb the spread of the virus using information provided by app users. Helme said that Hoia is a very well thought out, functional, cost-effective and anonymous way to combat the virus. The minister noted that it was "made for the Estonian state virtually free of charge" and urged everyone to download it.