Subject to keeping a 2 metre distance between persons, gatherings are allowed for:
- up to 30 persons for private indoor events and up to 300 persons for private outdoor events;
- up to 500 persons for public indoor events, regardless of the size of the premises; however, no more than 50% of the total capacity of the premises may be exceeded and an area of 3 m2 must be provided per person. In addition, such indoor events may only take place with fixed and personalised seating;
- up to 1000 persons outdoors, ensuring that publicly available information about the maximum number of persons is provided at the venue or place where the provision of commercial service occurs
- it is forbidden to organise outdoor events with more than 300 participants who are planning to be moving actively (e.g. Nordic walking, running, marathons, etc.)
Up-to-date information on other restrictions effective from 17 October is available in the Covid-19 control measures section
Face masks must be worn:
- on public transport (from 7 October);
- in shops, in pharmacies, at the post office, at museums, in libraries, at airports, at bus stations and railway stations, and when visiting exhibitions and places of religious activity, for example, during a church service (from 14 October);
- by staff members who are not separated from visitors by a physical barrier, such as a special shield;
- in places where services are provided and where people stay for more than 15 minutes without the possibility of observing a 2-metre distance from others, where no physical barriers have been set up.
The using of a face mask does not substitute the distancing and disinfection requirements.
Wearing a face mask is not obligatory for:
- children under 13 years of age (from the age of 13, a mask must be used), because it is important to wear the mask properly;
- persons with specific medical conditions, for example, if a person has difficulty wearing a mask due to a movement disorder or if the person has a mental health disorder.
- Wash or disinfect your hands before putting it on and before removing it.
- The face mask must completely cover your face from the nose to the chin, fitting snugly (the nose must be covered).
- Do not touch the face mask or your face with unwashed hands.
- After having used the face mask, put it in a plastic bag rather than in your pocket or bag.
- If your face mask is made of fabric, wash it at a temperature of at least 60 °C after every use.
- Do not reuse disposable face masks! First place them in a plastic bag, and only then dispose of them.
- If the face mask gets wet, it must be replaced with a clean and dry one.
- The face mask must not be partially removed (for example, lowered on the chin or neck) and then reused.
- When removing the face mask, do not touch the front of it.
Persons who have returned to Latvia from so-called “red” and “yellow” countries (list of countries) must observe a 10-day self-isolation.
In turn, home quarantine must be observed for 10 days from the last time you had close contact with the patient.
For additional safety, medical staff, social care, and social rehabilitation staff; educational staff; and kindergarten staff who are in close daily contact with their respective patients, clients, or children will only be allowed to observe the shorter, ten-day self-isolation period after leaving a so-called red country if they test negative for Covid-19 on the eighth day after their return. If the worker does not get tested, he/she must observe the full 14-day self-isolation.
It is allowed to enter Latvia, provided that the guidelines developed by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) are being followed. When arriving from countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases that is higher than 61,9 per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be observed for 10 days.
10-day self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from the countries listed in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section of the SPKC website.
If a person is arriving from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country”, the person must observe self-isolation; in order to avoid self-isolation, a different return route must be chosen.
Self-isolation means staying in the place of self-isolation without exposing other persons to the risk of infection and without making direct contact with others (not receiving guests, not visiting anyone, not going to work or public places where many people may be present, except for going to the shop or getting to the place of residence or of self-isolation immediately after arriving in Latvia, using a mouth and nose covering).
When arriving from countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases that is higher than 61,9 per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be observed for 10 days. 10-day self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from the countries listed in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) website.
From 16 July, before entering Latvia, all passengers of international passenger carriers will have to submit a completed questionnaire to their carrier, indicating the countries that they have visited during the last 14 days, their contact information, and the address chosen for performing two weeks of self-isolation (if applicable), as well as confirming their compliance with the national epidemiological safety measures. Information on passengers who have been in countries widely affected by Covid-19 will be passed on to the National Police for executing self-isolation control, and information on other passengers will be passed on to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, in order to allow them to promptly identify possible contact persons if necessary.
Failure to comply with self-isolation at the place of work and during working hours
Exceptions shall be acceptable to those foreign inhabitants from risk countries, whose:
- arrival in Latvia is required for fulfilment of the liabilities of Latvian merchants (these persons may not be subject to self-isolation during the time and at the place of performance of work duties);
- arrival in Latvia is required for the organization of cultural services and public events;
- purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events.
Yes. You should notify the State Police of the termination of self-isolation and should mandatorily use a mouth and nose mask on the road (both in public transport and at the airport and elsewhere).
Notification on changes is possible:
- by informing the police officer, who shall contact the person to make sure that self-isolation is observed;
- by sending a written confirmation to the e-mail email@example.com;
- by contacting the police station that serves the district, where the person is staying.
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) has developed guidelines for travellers. It is not recommended to go to countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases higher than 61,9 per 100,000 inhabitants. It is recommended to assess the need for travel to countries where the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 61,9.
Information on national cumulative indicators as well as travel recommendations can be found on the SPKC website in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section.
International passenger transportation is not performed if the incidence rate in the country twice exceeds the average incidence rate in the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Information about the national incidence rates is available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The prohibition to perform international passenger transportation shall enter into force three days after publication on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, if the international passenger transportation to and from the country was allowed until now. Thus, three days shall be available to return to or leave Latvia.
International passenger transportation is not performed to and from the countries, where the incidence rate in the country twice exceeds the average incidence rate in the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Information about the national incidence rates is available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Self-isolation only applies to persons returning from countries that are on the list of “unsafe countries” on the day of the person’s arrival in Latvia (regardless of the time when the list is published).
Yes, but the medical institution should coordinate this with the Health Inspectorate. In Latvia, these persons will be able to continue the initiated therapy or receive health care services, the non-receipt of which could significantly affect the person's health status. Outside the treatment process, these persons must also observe 10 days of self-isolation.
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.
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.
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.
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 30 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 3 m2 per person);
- ensuring the availability of disinfectants for cleaning hands and surfaces;
- monitoring people’s (employees’) health condition.
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 are no more than 4 visitors who are not members of the same household at the same table indoors;
- clearly visible and publicly available information, including in a foreign language, regarding the maximum number of persons who may simultaneously be present at the place of provision of the service is located in places visible to visitors (at least at the entrance and at the cash desk);
- 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 24.00.
- From 14 October, up to 500 persons for public indoor events, regardless of the size of the premises; however, no more than 50% of the total capacity of the premises may be exceeded and an area of 3 m2 must be provided per person. In addition, such indoor events may only take place with fixed and personalised seating;
- When visiting museums, libraries, exhibition halls, culture centres, archives and other cultural premises, a face mask must be worn;
- Up to 1000 visitors may gather at an outdoor cultural event.
- A distance of at least 2 metres must be ensured between visitors
- In cases where the event organiser or the owner of the cultural site can separate the visitor group flows, not exceeding 300 persons in each group and ensuring that there is no overlap between the groups, the events and cultural sites are allowed to gather more visitors than 50% of the site capacity would allow.
- At all cultural events and cultural sites where more than 500 people may be present at once, the event organiser will have to prepare a precautionary measure plan for ensuring physical distancing.
- Events may take place from 6.00 a.m. to 24.00 a.m.
- Disinfectants for hand and surface hygiene, as well as publicly available information on the maximum number of visitors, must be provided at the event venue.
Restrictions of gatherings at events organised in venues of culture events, where visitors sit in fixed, personalised seats
A distance of at least 1 metre or a protective barrier between each of the two groups of fixed, personalised seats (2 visitors may be seated next to each other, even if they are not from the same household; up to 4 visitors may be seated next to each other if from one household only):
- in museums
- open-air stages
- theatre buildings
- cultural centres
- concert halls
- exhibition halls
- in events taking place in the outdoor areas of the cultural sites listed above.
When leaving a seat, visitors must wear a face mask and keep a distance of 2 metres from each other if they are not from the same household.
Group sports training (classes) may only take place outdoors or remotely, without the use of common changing rooms. Indoor training may only take place individually. This requirement applies to sports clubs but excludes athletes of the Latvian National adult team, the Latvian Olympic team and the Latvian Paralympic team, as well as trainings for adult teams of the highest leagues.
It is forbidden to organise sports events, for example, competitions (excluding international sports events and adult team competitions of the highest league team sports).
The restrictions are in force until 6 November 2020.
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.