Concerning the state of emergency declared in Latvia

04.03.2021. 11:31

In view of the high risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in further efforts to prevent its spread, the Cabinet agreed to extend the current state of emergency in Latvia until 6 April 2021.

The following additional security measures and restrictions related to the state of emergency in Latvia have been extended until 6 April: 

    • Neither private nor public gatherings or events are permitted. The "2+2" principle - two meters, two persons - must be observed on a daily basis. The "Apturi Covid" (Stop Covid) application is being used;
    • Activities at all cultural sites, exhibitions and fairs are suspended;
    • The open air areas of museums and nature trails will remain open for visitors, and they must observe the epidemiological safety requirements;
    • Libraries may lend out books as a ‘takeaway service’ only.
    • On-site services in beauty salons, including hairdressers, are not permitted
    • At places of religious worship, no more than 20 % of the maximum allowed number of people may gather at one time; 
    • Shopping must be done individually. People violating epidemiological safety requirements shall be denied service. Information on the number of customers permitted shall be clearly visible at the entrance of the store.

Shopping in person will be available at the following places, working days included:

  • pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies;
  • stores selling eye glasses and other optics;
  • petrol stations;
  • shops are allowed to sell the following items :

-          food and groceries;

-          hygiene products;

-          essential household goods;

-          seasonal items; 

-          prepaid cards for mobile phones;

-          tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and their fluids;

-          food for animals and other pet supplies;

-          press publications;

-          public transport tickets;

-          face masks and other personal protective equipment;

-          home-produced agricultural goods;

-          flowers.

Online shopping will not be not restricted.

However, beginning on 8 February, shopping in person for all kinds of merchandise will be possible at:

  • grocery stores including stores with an inventory of goods for sale which is made up of no less than 70% food products;
  • drugstores, pharmacies and stores with an inventory of goods for sale which is no less than 70% made up of toiletries and hygiene products; and
  • bookstores

Beginning on 1 March, beauty salons shall re-open for business and people will once again be able to get haircuts, manicures, and pedicures.

 



 

For further information

The website of the Cabinet: https://www.mk.gov.lv/en

COVID-19 updates: https://covid19.gov.lv/en, phone for inquiries (calls from Latvia) 8345

Covidpass form: https://covidpass.lv/en/, phone for inquiries +371 67219111

Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC): https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/if-returning-toentering-latvia, phone for inquiries +371 67 387 661

State Border Guard: https://www.rs.gov.lv/en, phone for inquiries +371 67075616