With easing of restrictions, Tallinn is organizing the Victory Day procession

A ceremony marking the end of World War Two will take place on May 9 at a central Tallinn cemetery. Because of the easing of lockdown restrictions a few days before, limited outdoor public gatherings can take place.

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) told ERR this week that the necessary preliminaries, including liaison with the event’s organizer, were in place.

Kaido Saarnit, chief of the PPA’s city center unit, told ERR: “ThePPA has registered a procession to celebrate Victory Day, Monday, May 9. We have communicated with the event organizer and provided the necessary information, so that he can conduct the event safely.”

Last year, both the PPA and mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart had appealed to the public not to attend the event because of the pandemic, which takes place in the vicinity of a World War Two memorial statue, known as the Bronze Soldier, subject of a flashpoint in 2007 when it was relocated from Tõnismägi in central Tallinn, to its current location.

Since from May 3 public outdoor gatherings of up to 150 people are permissible, the event can go ahead this year. Attendees must be dispersed into separated cohorts of no more than 10 people, under the regulations.

Kaido Saarnits added: “It is not forbidden to visit cemeteries and memorials on May 9, but it is wise to keep your distance from other people and make your move quickly without gathering for a long time. You must definitely follow the current restrictions”. Photo Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR