Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
From 1 to 31 July, gatherings of up to 100 persons are allowed indoors in premises with a total area of up to 1000 m2 and gatherings of up to 500 persons indoors in premises with a total area larger than 1000 m2, with participants observing a distance of 2 metres and ensuring an area of at least 4 m2 per person. No more than 1000 persons are allowed to gather outdoors at the same time.
From 1 July, at public catering establishments an area of 3 m2 per person must be ensured.
Up-to-date information on other restrictions effective from 1 July is available in the Covid-19 control measures section
Everyone has the opportunity to be tested for Covid-19, even if they show no symptoms. It is mandatory to make an appointment in advance by calling 8303 (Central Laboratory); 67801112 (E.Gulbja laboratorija) on weekdays from 8:00 to 20:00, on Saturdays from 9:00 to 15:00, or on Sundays from 9:00 to 12:00; or 67000610 (RAKUS) on working days from 8:00 to 17:00. If a person shows no symptoms, that person is allowed to arrive to the testing point by bicycle, on foot, or by public transport, using a mouth and nose covering. If a person shows symptoms of the disease, that person must first contact their GP, who will advise them on the necessary treatment and refer them to be tested for Covid-19.
The symptoms of the disease manifest themselves in different ways in different people; however, the most common symptoms include high temperature (fever), fatigue, and dry cough. Other symptoms include shortness of breath (possible tightness in the chest), muscle pain, sore throat, neck pain, and in rare cases diarrhoea, nausea, and runny nose. These symptoms are usually mild and develop gradually. There are cases of people getting infected and not showing any signs of the disease.
If you experience these symptoms:
- immediately stop any physical contact with healthy people (quarantine);
- contact your GP for treatment and testing advice;
- if you have a very high temperature, a severe cough, and difficulty breathing, call 113 immediately.
The virus spreads through saliva and nasal secretions of an infected person:
- Through direct contact with an infected person
- With tiny drops arising from speaking, sneezing or coughing.
- By touching surfaces and articles contaminated with respiratory secreations.
Preventative measures for COVID-19 are similar to those which would be used in the case of other infections of the upper respiratory system. Engage in frequent hand-washing, especially after coming into proximity with people who are ill or with people in their circle of contacts. When coughing or sneezing, be sure to dispose of kleenex (facial tissues) after a single use, and then wash your hands. To avoid falling ill with COVID-19, carefully observe social-distancing: that means placing two metres in between yourself and the next person and to stay away from places where lots of people are congregating, and, as much as possible, to stay home and do your work at a distance (telework).
People who have received a laboratory confirmation of the Covid-19 diagnosis and whose health condition permits them to receive treatment at home, must stay in strict self-isolation. This is defined by the physician and CDPC epidemiologists. During this time:
- until recovery the person may obtain a sick-leave certificate, they must be in daily communication with their general practitioner and other medical personnel and abide by their instructions.
- they may not leave their residence and must be available for communication and cooperation with their general practitioner and other medical personnel and must strictly abide by the instructions given;
- isolation can only be broken upon permission of the treating physician;
- until then no guests may be hosted, and all direct contact with others must be avoided, stores must not be visited;
- Covid-19 patients must purchase basic necessities and food by home delivery or with the help of friends and family. If needed, they may request support from the municipal social services, but avoiding direct contact with the social worker;
- A face mask must be worn, if there are other residents in the household;
- Any medication may only be taken upon approval from the treating physician;
- In case of deterioration of the condition, contact your general practitioner or call 113.
- Family members must adhere to instructions for contact persons.
- Failure to comply with established restrictions may carry a penalty and the police may verify compliance with restrictions.
It is possible. A person that has recovered from Covid-19 should still be very careful and follow all restrictions, including social distancing, washing hands more regularly, thoroughly disinfect rooms, etc. Do not forget that this is a new virus and there is little scientific evidence available. Full recovery is achieved when two consecutive Covid-19 tests have turned out negative.
From 1 to 31 July, the number of visitors to the premises of cultural institutions with a total public area of up to 1000 m2 may still not exceed 100 persons, but premises larger than 1000 m2 may accommodate up to 500 persons, still subject to providing an area of at least 4 m2 per person. In turn, cultural institutions operating outdoors may be visited by 1000 persons at a time, subject to observing a 2 metre distance.
Several mandatory conditions have been set both for the course of cultural events and the operation of cultural institutions and exhibition halls: the observance of a 2 metre distance between persons, ensuring an area of 4 m² per person (not exceeding 50% of the room capacity), and the availability of disinfectants for ensuring proper hand and surface hygiene at the event venues, cultural institutions, and exhibition halls. It is recommended that attendees purchase tickets online via the Internet, if such option is available.
If it is possible to ensure both a distance of 2 metres between persons (an area of 4 m2 for every participant) and the other safety rules set by epidemiologists, indoor gatherings of up to 100 persons are allowed where the premises are smaller than 1000 m2 and of up to 500 persons where the premises are larger than 1000 m2. Up to 1000 persons are allowed to gather outside.