To limit the spread of Covid-19, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers decided to extend the state of emergency declared in the country until January 11. This was stated by Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, LETA reports.
With the extension of the emergency, the government also decided to introduce several new rules:
- State of emergency extended until 11 January
- From December 3, everyone in Latvia must follow the “2+2” principle in their daily routine - two meters, two people. So a distance of two meters must be observed and meetings must be limited to two people. Therefore, private events such as house parties involving more than one household will not be allowed
- Masks must be worn in all indoor situations in which there is more than one person, excepting your own home, but including your workplace
- From December 7 school classes 5 and 6 will switch to distance learning
- From January 4, all school pupils and their teachers will have to wear masks in class
- In the retail sector, only grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to open at weekends and on holidays. Fuel stations will be able to open
- Manicurists and pedicurists can resume their work subject to special sanitary protocols
- Border controls will be introduced at state borders. All arrivals must fill in the covidpass.lv form whether they arrive by private or public transport
- Public transport capacity will have a ceiling of 50% from December 7
- Organized meetings, pickets and marches may take place, but a maximum of 25 people may attend, subject to epidemiological safety requirements including physical distance of two meters between participants
- Until January 11, all museums, cultural sites, exhibitions and fairs (including Christmas markets), are suspended.
- From December 3, shops and service points must provide 15 square meters of space per visitor. Information on the number of people allowed must be clearly visible at the entrance.
As we reported earlier, due to the growth of coronavirus incidence, the government of Latvia declared an emergency state from November 9 until December 6.