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Health and safety

It’s time to start making travel arrangements and thinking about how we can all keep ourselves healthy during the event as the coronavirus hasn’t disappeared. So here are some aspects to bear in mind before your visit and also information on what we as organisers are doing to keep everyone safe.

Health and safety

Health and safety during L59 with Heba

It is very important to us that we can hold the Latitude 59 conference safely so that we do not infect ourselves and others with the novel coronavirus.
You can contribute to safety.In arriving and during the conference please download and use our certified health partner’s HeBA clinic health management app* (Google PlayApple App store). Its’ COVID Health Survey assesses the risk of infection spreading at the conference venue
The Survey will ask you about how you feel and about your possible COVID exposure. It will also send you a notification to fill it on every morning. Answering is optional. (As an alternative you can also use the browser app.heba.ee).

Your personal answers will only be seen by doctors at the Latitude 59 Health Partner HeBA clinic. Latitude 59 participants and organizers will see a HeBA summary of COVID’s overall risk assessment and security situation at the event.

Be honest in your answers. Thanks to your answers, we can quickly prevent the spread of the infection. If necessary, the doctors of the HeBA clinic will contact you and give you advice.If you start answering before the conference, determining the risk on the day of the conference will be even more accurate. Thank you for choosing to answer the questions – this shows that you are responsible for COVID.* The HeBA app has been created by a professional healthcare provider that meets the requirements of the GDPR Privacy Policy. Under Apple’s trust requirements, COVID-IT solutions may only be used publicly by healthcare providers and government agencies.

What’s the current situation in Estonia?

To begin with, it’s important to know that thanks to widespread testing and apt social distancing measures applied from March to May, the Estonian COVID-19 situation is under control. While there has been a slight increase in the number of cases in the past two weeks due to an outbreak in the city of Tartu, the origin of the outbreak is known and both Estonian Health Board and the municipality of Tartu are working on containing and limiting the spread. The current rate of positive cases per 100 000 people is 8.9. The most up to date information about the COVID-19 situation in Estonia is published on the Estonian Health Board’s website.

Who can travel to Estonia?

Estonian borders were reopened in June for travellers without symptoms of illness arriving from the European Union, the Schengen Area, and the United Kingdom; however, for countries with a coronavirus infection rate above 16 per 100 000 people, self-isolation requirements still apply. There are also some non-European countries were travelling to Estonia is permitted from. The latest information on travel and quarantine requirements is available at the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

This list gets updated every Friday and is valid for travel for 7 days from the following Monday so we encourage you to check it on the 21 August for the latest information.

How many people are attending Latitude59 and what are the organisers doing about safety at the venue?

Latitude59 will be organised according to the rules in place for public events at the time of the event, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. At this moment, the Estonian government allows indoor events for up to 1500 people, providing that this number fills up to 50% of the venue’s actual capacity and that everyone in attendance is following the health and safety rules. Our venue, Kultuurikatel, is large enough for crowds to keep a safe distance and can also be easily aired regularly. All the common areas, including matchmaking spaces, will be cleaned and disinfected regularly. We also have an outdoor area with a food court and tables for networking.

We are also working with a private healthcare provider who helps us to monitor the health and wellbeing of our guests. Prior to the event, all regular ticket holders will be sent a short voluntary questionnaire for self-monitoring their health and we also have a doctor on standby who is available to answer any questions or concerns.

Do I have to wear a mask?

While wearing face masks isn’t compulsory in Estonia at this moment, we strongly encourage you to wear one while indoors at the venue. We will provide complimentary masks together with our partners from Invest Estonia but you’re also welcome to bring your own.

We rely strongly on all our attendees’ self-assessment for a safe event for everyone. We can’t stress it enough: should you feel ill please stay at home or at your hotel and access the event online. If you need help with accessing medical care during your stay in Tallinn, please get in touch at info@latitude59.ee.

While attending Latitude59, please:

  • make sure to use disinfectants provided at the venue and wash your hands regularly;
  • remember to keep a safe distance from other attendees and not gather in large groups;
  • leave the main conference halls (Blue Stage and Yellow Stage) when instructed for airing and disinfecting the room;
  • stay at home or at your hotel as soon as you feel ill. Latitude59 is fully hybrid, meaning that the whole event is available to attend via our digital event app Talque.
  • follow the guidance of the organisers and Latitude59.

What happens if I can’t travel to Estonia?

Latitude59 is taking place as a hybrid event, meaning all regular tickets are valid for accessing all online features of the event. While we can’t offer refunds we will offer a discount for the 2021 Latitude59 event for all those regular ticket holders who for some reason can’t attend the event physically.

If you have any questions about the measures we’re taking to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus during Latitude59, please email us on info@latitude59.ee.

We look forward to seeing you very soon, be it in Tallinn or online.

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