Emergency situation in Latvia to restrict the spread of Covid-19

03.04.2020. 09:44

Stricter rules for physical distancing of persons are introduced to limit the spread of Covid-19

In order to minimise the risk of further spread of Covid-19 among Latvian residents, the Government has adopted stricter rules to limit the assembly of people at private and public events and other restrictions. Restrictions regarding physical contact apply to public indoor and outdoor activities and lay down the rules in respect of a distance of two metres and two persons.

During an emergency situation, any private arrangements are prohibited, other than the holding of funeral ceremonies outdoors, provided that the distance of two metres between persons and other epidemiological safety measures are respected.

As hitherto, any public events, as well as meetings, processions and pickets are banned. Indoor sports activities and religious activities to be carried out when meeting are also prohibited.

There are several new restrictions regarding simultaneous presence of people in one place. A distance of two metres, as well as other physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures must be observed in all indoor, outdoor public spaces and common areas.

Simultaneous assembly in public indoor and outdoor areas, without respecting a distance of two meters, may be allowed for not more than two persons. Exception applies to persons living in the same household or a parent and his/her minor children, if they do not live in the same household. More than two persons may assemble in cases where they preform work or official duties.

The number of persons defined in the order of the Minister for Economics may be simultaneously present at a trading venue and public catering venue, while ensuring that a distance of two metres and other epidemiological safety measures are taken. The Government tasked the Minister for Economics to specify the number of persons who may be simultaneously present in the trading venue and catering venue.

The working hours of cultural, entertainment, outdoor sports and other recreational areas has been reduced from 8.00 to 22.00.

Amendments of 29 March 2020 to Order of the Cabinet of Ministers No.103 “Regarding the Declaration of Emergency Situation” of 12 March 2020 are available at: https://www.vestnesis.lv/op/2020/62D.1 

More information is available on the Cabinet of Ministers webpage at: https://mk.gov.lv/en/aktualitates/stricter-rules-physical-distancing-persons-are-introduced-limit-spread-covid-19