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The Republic of Latvia has declared an emergency situation in its territory from 9 November 2020 until 7 February 2021

Covid 19

Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Covid 19

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Until 25 January, in order to reduce the risk of infecting each other with Covid-19, all residents of Latvia must stay at their place of residence on the weekends (the night hours from 22.00 to 5.00 from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday).

Therefore, from 8 January to the morning of 9 January, as well as on 15 and 16 January and 22 and 23 January sales and service outlets will be open from 6.00 to 21.00, so that employees can get from home to work and back without breaking the rules. Restrictions on working hours will also apply to public catering places, with food and drink still available for take-away only. 

Movement at night is allowed by filling in a certificate for:

  • Persons going to or from a place of work or service and performing work or service duties.
  • Those in need of medical care, including veterinary medical care.
  • Providers and recipients of emergency services, as well as those on-call at night, the specifics of whose work preclude them from working remotely. 
  • The opening hours of gas stations, the provision of public transport services and emergency and emergency utilities are not restricted at night.
  • Taxi service can be used by a person:
    • to go to or from work;
    • to receive emergency services;
    • to go to their place of residence after entering Latvia;
    • to go to an airport, port, bus station, train station.
  • Only one passenger (or with minors) can be in a taxi.
  • During the movement in a curfew period, a person must bring with him/her an identity document (passport or ID card)

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Grant for the working capital flow

A company can receive the support if:

  • the turnover for the month for which the support is requested (November or December) is at least 20% lower than the average turnover in August, September and October 2020 combined; 
  • and is at least 30% lower than in the corresponding month of 2019 (does not apply to companies registered in 2020).
  • The support is 30% of the total gross wage on which wage taxes were paid in August, September, and October 2020. 
  • Applications for the grant for November or December can be submitted until 15 January 2021. 
Downtime allowance for companies and their employees
  • The downtime allowance shall be granted for employees in the amount of 70% of the average monthly gross salary for the period from 1 August to 31 October this year.
  • Employees of a micro-enterprise will be able to receive support in the amount of 50% of the average monthly gross salary for the 3rd quarter of this year, as indicated in the quarterly declaration. 
  • Regardless of the current salary, the downtime allowance from 1 January 2021 will not be less than EUR 500 and no more than EUR 1000 for a full month.
  • In addition to the downtime allowance, the State Social Insurance Agency will also grant a supplement of EUR 50 for each dependent child under the age of 24, for which the employee is subject to personal income tax relief.
  • The employer may pay its employees the difference between the downtime allowance and the full salary received so far.
Allowance for part-time employee salary subsidies
  • Within the framework of the support measures the employee will receive support in the amount of 50% of the average monthly gross salary for the period from 1 August to 31 October of this year but not more than EUR 500.
  • The employer will be obliged to pay the difference between the salary subsidy and the full salary received so far.
Support for self-employed and patent payers
  • For a self-employed person operating under the general tax regime and a recipient of royalties who has not registered as an economic operator, support is provided in the amount of 70% of the average income from economic activity or royalties in the 3rd quarter of this year, but not less than EUR 500 and no more than EUR 1000 per full month. 
  • A self-employed person - a micro-enterprise taxpayer may receive support in the amount of 50% of the average monthly income from economic activity for the third quarter of this year, but not less than EUR 500 and no more than EUR 1000 per full month.
  • The patent payer has a fixed downtime allowance in the amount of EUR 500 per full month. It is available if there is a valid patent during the support period.
  • In addition to the downtime allowance, the SSIA will also grant a supplement of EUR 50 for each dependent child under the age of 24, for which the person is subject to personal income tax relief.
How does one apply for the allowance?
  • You can apply by filling in the application form in the SRS Electronic Declaration System (EDS). The application form will be available in the EDS from 1 December of this year.
  • For employees of the company, the employer submits both an application for downtime allowance and a salary subsidy, but the employee receives the support to his/her account.
  • You can apply for the allowance for November until 15 December, for December - until 15 January, and for January - until 15 February.

On-site sales of goods 

In all shopping venues, including markets and outdoor street shopping venues, one must wear a mask, maintain a 2-metre distance, and pay additional attention to hygiene; there must also be information on the precautions to be taken. An economic service provider is prohibited from servicing a customer who does not use or misuses the mouth and nose covering. This means that, for example, in a store, the seller will not serve the customer if the person does not use a mouth and nose covering.

At a point of sale:

  • at least 15 m2 of publicly available space must be provided per visitor;
  • information about the maximum allowed number of visitors, including in foreign languages, must be provided at the entrance of every shop;
  • if the area of the place for the provision of economic services is less than 15 m2, then one visitor may be in it at the same time;
  • for the control of the flow of visitors, the entrance to the shop is only allowed with a cart or trolley or a shopping bag of the trade service provider (the total number thereof may not exceed the maximum number of visitors allowed at the point of sale);
  • visitors are only admitted one at a time (one household member), except with children under the age of 12, who may be accompanied by one adult. 

In the shopping centre (buildings with a total retail space of at least 10,000 square metres, or with a total of at least 10 retail workers or service providers employed in its individual retail outlets):

  • at the same time there is no more than the maximum number of visitors allowed, which is determined by summing up the number of visitors allowed at points of sale;
  • information is placed in a clearly visible place at the entrance, including in foreign languages, regarding the maximum number of people allowed at the shopping centre together;
  • the flow of visitors at the entrances and exits of the shopping centre, in the corridors, at the toilets and elsewhere is controlled (outside the place of service and sale) where the gathering of visitors takes place.

From 12 January to 25 January only the following shall operate:

  • pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies, 
  • opticians,
  • fuel stations,
  • points of sale where the following groups of goods may be sold:
    • groceries;
    • hygiene goods (list of goods in Latvian);
    • essential household goods (list of goods in Latvian);
    • mobile phone prepaid cards;
    • tobacco products, herbal smoking products, electronic smoking devices and their liquids;
    • animal feed and goods;
    • press publications;
    • public transport tickets;
    • mouth and nose coverings and individual protective equipment;
    • home-made agricultural products (explanation in Latvian), 
    • flowers and Christmas trees.

Distance selling and e-commerce are not restricted, incl. the delivery of goods at home and via parcel machines, as well as the receipt of goods in stores.

The wholesale of any goods in wholesale trade bases, which are necessary for both retail stores and the operation of companies, production, etc. is not interrupted.

Yes, the sales restriction also applies to street sales and market sales.

The provision of services is limited.

From 12 January to 25 January:

  • Entire beauty care industry (including hairdressers) will not work.
  • Sports equipment rental services may only be provided outdoors.
  • Photo shoots and photo services other than for document photos will not take place.
  • There will be no drive hunting.

These services are limited in several respects:

  • whether the service is provided for more than 15 minutes (including time in the waiting room), 
  • whether there is direct human contact during the provision of services, 
  • whether it is possible to use a face mask (for example, it is not used at a beautician and in photo shoots), 
  • or whether a person can go without this service for 3 weeks. 

All restrictions are intended to reduce the number of people we meet on a daily basis, reducing the risk of becoming infected with Covid-19. 

If the provision of the service is not possible without the purchase of goods, for example, the purchase and installation of new tyres or car parts in a car repair shop, then the sale of goods is allowed.

Distance sales and e-commerce of any goods are allowed - the purchase of goods with a distance agreement, delivery at home and via parcel machines, as well as the delivery and receipt of goods in stores is allowed, adhering to safety preconditions.

What helps stop the spread of COVID-19!

Wash hands regularly
Cough and sneeze in your elbow
Don’t touch your face
Keep a safe distance