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.
From 10 June, the educational process in pre-school education institutions can be fully resumed, ensuring hand and surface disinfection and other epidemiological safety measures.
When organising school graduations from 1 to 31 July, the general restrictions on gatherings must be observed: 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. A distance of at least 2 metres must be ensured between participants (4 m2 per person).
State examinations, admission examinations, consultations, and follow-up examinations are allowed to take place on-site, observing the recommendations previously developed by the Ministry of Health on hygiene, safety, and social distancing.
The learning process and examinations of the practical part of vocational elementary education, vocational education, vocational secondary education, and professional higher education programmes may be organised on-site at the educational institution.
Youth centre and non-formal education activities may take place, observing the general restrictions on gatherings. No more than 100 persons may gather in premises smaller than 1000 m2 and no more than 500 persons in premises larger than 1000 m2. Up to 1000 persons may gather outdoors.
Please keep in mind that the permitted activities must not take place at the same time as other activities on the premises of one educational institution.
Until 31 August, 2020, the number of children in a camp group must not exceed 30. The activities of several groups can take place at the same time, if the layout and total area of the camp allow for it. A child’s participation in any camp requires a certificate that has been issued by a GP no later than seven days before the start of the camp. The GP assesses the child's health and there is no need to send the child to be tested for Covid-19.
Until 31 August, 2020, the maximum number of participants in adult vocational further education, professional development, and non-formal adult education programmes, as well as adult camps, must not exceed 50 in a group.
In all cases, the basic principles of controlling the spread of Covid-19 are keeping the visitors informed, observing social distancing and hygiene requirements, and assessing personal health.
Therefore, commercial and public catering companies must also follow these basic principles for limiting Covid-19 in their future operations:
- informing visitors about the precautionary requirements;
- ensuring a distance of at least 2 metres between persons (an area of at least 4 m2 per person);
- ensuring the availability of disinfectants for cleaning hands and surfaces;
- monitoring people’s (employees’) health condition.
Other restrictions previously imposed on trade service providers have been lifted.
Public catering service providers must ensure that at the premises where the public catering service is provided:
- an area of at least 3 m2 of the publicly accessible indoor premises is available per visitor;
- a distance of 2 m between the tables is observed, if there is no partition wall between them;
- there is the possibility to buy food to take away;
- cutlery, sets of dishes, and napkins are issued to each visitor individually;
- tables are disinfected after each visitor;
- public catering places open no earlier than 6.30 and close no later than 2.00.
Cultural, entertainment, sports, and other recreation areas may open no earlier than 6.30 and close no later than 24.00 (excluding public catering places and open-air cinemas, which may operate until 2.00, and outdoor sporting events, which may take place around the clock).
Epidemiological safety requirements must still be observed; gatherings are allowed for no more than 100 persons indoors in premises with a total area of up to 1000 m2, no more than 500 persons indoors in premises with a total area larger than 1000 m2, and no more than 1000 persons outdoors.
From 1 July, in public catering establishments an area of 3 m2 per 1 person must be ensured.
Sports trainings may be organised, ensuring that no more than 30 persons are present in one training group at the same time. If the capacity of the site of the respective sporting activity allows, the activities of several groups may take place at the same time. An area of at least 4 m2 must be ensured for each person taking part in the training. Children under the age of 7 are allowed to take part in trainings, and contact sports trainings are also allowed to take place.
Sports competitions are allowed to take place, subject to the general restrictions on gatherings:
- a 2 metre distance between persons (an area of at least 4 m2 per person);
- a maximum of 100 persons indoors in premises with a total area of up to 1000 m2;
- a maximum of 500 persons indoors in premises with a total area larger than 1000 m2;
- a maximum of 1000 persons outside.
Indoor sporting events taking place until 31 July, 2020, in premises with a total area smaller than 1000 m2 must take place without spectators.
Outdoor sporting events are not subject to time restrictions, meaning that they may also take place at night.
As of 3 June, self-isolation is not required for Latvian nationals, permanent residents, and foreigners who have not visited any "unsafe" countries in the last 14 days - i.e., countries where the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 16 people per 100,000 inhabitants - or countries outside of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland. The list of countries is published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and is updated every Friday.
Self-isolation is also not required for Lithuanian or Estonian nationals transiting Latvia. However, if a person is arriving from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country” (for example, arriving from Norway via Sweden), the person must observe self-isolation; in order to avoid self-isolation, a different return route must be chosen.
Persons who had previously returned from "safe" countries and have been observing self-isolation are not required to carry on with it and are allowed to only follow the social distancing rules and other epidemiological instructions.
Persons arriving from "unsafe" countries - i.e., countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that exceeds 16 people per 100,000 inhabitants - as well as from countries outside of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland (see list here), must still observe self-isolation.
As of 1 July, mouth and nose coverings are not obligatory on public transport anymore. However, their use is recommended, especially for persons with signs of a respiratory disease (runny nose, cough). This does not apply to persons coming from countries abroad that have a high incidence of Covid-19: these persons are still required to use a mouth and nose covering on public transport when going to their residence to self-isolate.
The SRS will be able to pay employees and self-employed persons allowances for Covid-19-related idle time that extended beyond the period of the state of emergency and lasted until 30 June. Employers could have submitted applications for the period from 1 June to 30 June for their employees prior to 30 June. Self-employed persons may still submit their applications until 25 July. More detailed information on the conditions is available on the SRS website.
Initially, the most effective action is to draw the attention of employees or security guards of the place in question to the need to comply with the requirements. If this fails, you should contact the management of the place in question. Compliance with the established restrictions is monitored by the State Police and if the situation cannot be resolved you must call the police at 110. If you happen to discern disinformation on COVID-19, warn and inform the people in your circle including in the digital environment. When the disinformation appears in social media, use the opportunities and options offered by a particular platform to report the incident to administrators. The State Police (Valsts policija) in Latvia monitor and control the spread of disinformation.