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Covid-19 control measures

Last update 16.10.2020

Essential physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures

- Ventilating rooms, observing hygiene, and using disinfectants with an alcohol content of at least 70%
- It is recommended to use mouth and nose coverings in places with many people, in places where it is not possible to keep a 2 metre distance, and on public transport
- No more than 1000 persons may gather at an organised indoor event  (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 the 
3
m2 must be provided per person 
- No more than 3000 persons may gather at an organised outdoor event
- Observing safety instructions in public places

Restriction Changes
 
Allowed
Allowed, on the condition that physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures are being followed
Forbidden

Health

Tested positive for Covid-19 - To be tested for Covid-19 for free by calling 8303 and applying in advance  

- To leave home
- To have guests and visit others
- To go to school or work on-site
- To use public transport services

Signs of an acute infectious respiratory disease     - To go to work, if this could put others at risk
Face masks   - From 14 October until 6 November, mouth and nose covers must be worn on public transport and in public places such as museums, shops, stations and elsewhere, except for by children under the age of 13 and people who cannot wear them for medical reasons such as functional impairment  

Public transport

Using public transport  

- Face masks must be worn
- Hygiene measures must be observed
- Instructions available on public transport must be observed
- Upon arrival in Latvia from countries where the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds 61,9 (list of countries is available on the SPKC website), public transport may only be used in order to get to the place of self-isolation, and a mouth and nose covering must be used
- Foreigners travelling to their home country must use a mouth and nose covering, if the required period of self-isolation since their arrival in Latvia has not yet finished
- Foreigners who have been quarantined due to a positive Covid-19 test must wear a medical face mask when travelling to their home countr

- Public transport must not be used by passengers who have tested positive for Covid-19 and by persons who have been in contact with a person infected with Covid-19

Education

Nursery schools - Nursery schools may return to full operation, subject to epidemiological safety requirements    
Education   - From 1 September, schools must organise studies (A) on-site. For ensuring a safe flow of persons, studies may take place (B) partially remotely. In case of a positive Covid-19 case within the school, there must be a plan for organising studies (C) completely remotely, according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Science
- In schools, lunch breaks may be shorter than 30 minutes
- From 26 October to 30 October, education for Years 7-12 must be organised remotely
 
Sports activities - From 17 October to 6 November, sports training and classes may only take place for athletes of the Latvian National adult team, the Latvian Olympic team and the Latvian Paralympic team, as well as for adult teams of the highest leagues
- Outdoor sporting events can take place at any time of the day
 

- From 17 October to 6 November, outdoor classes and training may only be organised for groups of up to 30 persons, without the use of changing rooms and providing an area of at least 4 metres squared per person
- Indoor training is only allowed individually

- People who are not involved in the organisation of sports training must not participate in it
- Sports events for children (under 18 years of age) must be held without any spectators
 
Interest-related education  

From 17 October to 6 November
- Adult vocational education and interest-related education classes may be organised remotely 
- Interest-related education classes for children may be organised remotely
- On-site individual interest-related education may take place

- On-site adult vocational and non-formal education programmes may be organised, not exceeding 30 persons per group

 

Culture, entertainment, leisure

Working hours  

- Entertainment, cultural, sports, public catering, and other recreational places may be open from 6.00 to 24.00

- Must be closed in the night, from 24.00 to 6.00
Operation of amateur art groups   - Organised activities of amateur art groups, such as choirs, dance groups, ensembles, and folk applied art groups, may take place remotely - On-site amateur interest-related education programmes may not be organised
- On-site amateur art group activities and private and public events of these groups may not be organised
Public events   - Events for up to 500 persons indoors and up to 1000 persons outdoors may be organised, subject to physical distancing, safety measures, and the rules set by the organiser 
- During events, visitors must have personalised, fixed seats, and a distance of 1 metre must be provided between the seats
- Dancing is not allowed
Church services and other religious activities  

- May be organised for up to 500 persons indoors and for up to 1000 persons outdoors, subject to compliance with physical distancing and epidemiological safety requirements
- Places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 to 24.0

- Places of religious activity must be closed from 24.00 to 6.00

Public catering places

  - May be open from 6.00 to 24.00
- A distance of 2 metres between the tables and at least 3 m2 per visitor must be ensured
- No more than 4 persons may be present at the same table indoors, unless they are members of the same househol
- Public catering places must not be open between 24.00 and 6.00
- Dancing is not allowed
 
Sports  

- From 17 October to 6 November, sports training may only take place outdoors, individually or remotely
- An area of at least four metres squared of the training area must be provided per person

- Sports training groups may not use changing rooms
- Sports events for children (under 18 years of age) are held without any spectators
- It is not allowed to organise outdoor events with more than 300 participants who are planning to be moving actively (Nordic walking, running, marathons, etc.)
Swimming pools   - For active swimming, a water surface area of at least 6 m2 per person must be ensured; for recreation, 4 m2 per person  

Private events

Indoor gatherings    - Indoor events may be organised for a maximum of 30 persons, ensuring an area of 3 m2 per visitor and observing a distance of 2 metres as well as the epidemiological safety requirements  
Outdoor gatherings   - Events for up to 300 persons may be organised, subject to physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures  
Weddings, baptisms, funerals   - May be organised for up to 30 persons indoors or for up to 300 persons outdoors, subject to observing a 2-metre distance and the epidemiological safety measures    
Events at work   - To the extent possible, it is recommended to organise daily work remotely - The gathering of employees for other reasons than performing their duties must be restricted

Shopping

Shopping centres - All stores are also allowed to operate in shopping centres during weekends and holidays

- Signs with instructions on physical distancing and current safety measures must be displayed
The number of visitors must be limited at the location of sale

 

International travel

Travel

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary.
- Self-isolation is not required after arriving from countries where the number of new Covid-19 infections does not exceed 61,9 new cases per 100000 inhabitants over the course of the last two weeks (the list of countries is available on the SPKC website)

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary
- International passenger transportation is not performed if the incidence rate in the destination country twice exceeds the average incidence rate in the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.(the list of countries is available on the SPKC website)
- 10-day self-isolation must be observed after arriving in Latvia from countries with more than 61,9 new cases of Covid-19 infection per 100000 inhabitants over the course of the last two weeks (the list of countries is available on the SPKC website)
- 10-day self-isolation must be observed after arriving in Latvia from a country to which international passenger transport services are not being carried out


 

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary.
- It is not recommended to travel to or from countries with more than 61,9 new cases of Covid-19 per 100000 inhabitants over the course of the last two weeks (the list of countries is available on the SPKC website)

State and municipal services

The State and local governments   - Services are recommended to be given and received remotely  
Public participation   - Public participation meetings may be organised for up to 500 persons indoors or 1000 persons outdoors, subject to physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures  
Pickets, demonstrations, processions  

- On-site pickets, demonstrations, and processions may be organised for up to 500 persons indoors or 1000 persons outdoors, subject to physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures