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Covid-19 control measures

Last update 15.04.2021

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

Health

Covid-19 testing

- From 19 December, the free Covid-19 test can be performed by anyone who has developed symptoms, a doctor's referral is not required
- To make an appointment call 8303 or register online

 

If the test is positive, you are not allowed:
- To leave home
- To have guests and to 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
- To visit public places, if the owner or event organiser has imposed such restrictions
Face masks   - A face mask must be used by everyone from the age of 7 in premises outside the household if there is more than one person in the room
- Face masks must be used by everyone in public transport, incl. children from 7 years of age
- A homemade mask should be made of at least three layers of suitable material (cotton, nylon, etc.) and have ties to secure it behind the ears or behind the head
- Face mask must be used by everyone in educational institutions both during studies and outside the classroom
- The organiser of the event or the service provider must not allow those into the premises who do not fulfil the obligation to use a face mask or do it incorrectly (the face mask must cover the mouth and nose).
- Wearing a face mask is not obligatory for children under 7 years of age or for people who have difficulty wearing a mask, for example, due to functional disorders
 
 

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Work
 
- Only employees whose duties cannot be performed remotely due to the nature of their work are allowed to work on site. If, due to the nature of the work, employees must work on site, the employer is obliged to:
- set up measures for limiting the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace;
- appoint a responsible person for the implementation of these measures;
- provide employees with the necessary personal protective equipment;
- inform employees about the measures implemented in the workplace to control the spread of Covid-19.
 

Public transport

Public transport  

- The need for the trip must be carefully considered
- A face mask must be worn by both passengers, incl. children from 7 years of age and the driver
- Regular disinfection and ventilation of vehicles must be ensured
- The number of passengers in a public transport vehicle must not exceed 50% of its capacity
- The seat markings in the vehicle must be observed
- Hygiene measures must be observed
- All instructions of the carrier in public transport must be observed, incl. not occupying the marked seats
- Upon arrival in Latvia from countries where the number of Covid-19 cases per 100000 inhabitants exceeds 50 (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 face mask must be use

- 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

Kindergartens - Kindergartens operate subject to epidemiological safety requirements - There are no restrictions on attending nursery schools, subject to strict epidemiological requirements
- Once a week all employees of the kindergarten must take a Covid-19 test
- Kindergarten staff uses properly worn face masks
- Kindergartens operate subject to epidemiological safety requirements
 
Education

In municipalities that meet the safe school criteria, on-site education, subject to strict epidemiological safety requirements, is allowed for:
-pupils in grades 1-6,
-pupils in grade 12,
-pupils in vocational schools who are required to obtain a vocational education and qualification at a primary or secondary level,
-pupils in grades 7-11 (on a rotating basis so that the classes in the educational institution do not overlap).

 

- Distance learning for 1st-12th grade pupils, students, and vocational education students, takes place in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Science.
- Outdoor classes on site can be organized in municipalities where the incidence does not exceed 250 patients per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days
- Students from one class (group, course) at primary or secondary education level can participate in outdoor classes
- Outdoor classes are attended by a group of no more than 10 people
- Formal education outdoor lessons take place no more than 5 times a week (one lesson max 40 minutes)
- Non-formal education outdoor lessons take place no more than 2 times a week (one lesson max 40 minutes)
- At education establishments, on site and also outside all staff and students must wear face masks

 

 

Children's camps     - No children’s camps will take place
Interest-related education - Interest education classes for individuals and groups may be organised remotely

- Interest education classes may be held outdoors for up to 10 people.

 

Events and activities

Working hours  

- Cultural sites and places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 and end work no later than 22.00
- It is only allowed for public catering places to provide take-away meals 

 
Operation of amateur art groups - Amateur art group classes may take place outdoors in groups of up to 10 people. - Organised activities of amateur art groups, such as choirs, dance groups, ensembles, and folk applied art groups, may only take place remotely
- On-site amateur art group private and public events may not be organised
Public events     - No public events may be organised, including fireworks
Private events - If it is necessary to provide personal care or if the person lives in the household alone, visits are allowed, but not more than within two households - Two households (up to ten people) are allowed to meet privately outdoors.
- Private events and gatherings involving persons from more than two households are forbidden.
Church services and other religious activities  

- Places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 and end work no later than 22.00
- Visitors to the place of religious activity, as well as clergy and ministry staff, must wear a mouth and nose covering during the performance of their duties
- Publicly available information is placed at the entrance, including in foreign languages, regarding the maximum number of people who may be located in this place at the same time
-  At least 10 m2 of the publicly available area of premises are provided per visitor;
- As of 1 March, funerals and baptism ceremonies may also be organised indoors, however, with no more than 10 persons present at the same time (excluding persons directly involved in the provision of the funeral or baptism) from no more than two households.
- Choir practices are not allowed in person

- Places of religious activity must be closed from 22.00 to 6.00
- Singing by choirs at a place of religious activity is prohibited
- On-site Sunday school classes are prohibited

Public catering places

  -Food and beverages are only served as take-away
 
Cultural sites - museums, libraries, exhibition halls   - Open-air museum areas are allowed to work
- Libraries are open from 12 January and are allowed to resume lending books, however, their reading rooms will remain closed to visitors.
- Cultural venues, such as museums, theatres, cinemas, and exhibition venues are closed
Sport - Competitions and training included in the competition calendar of international sports federations may take place 
- Competitions for teams of the highest leagues may take place without spectators
- From 8 March, the sports competitions of all the highest Latvian leagues of team sports may take place, providing that they award a title of Latvian champion in the adult category.

 - It is allowed to organise competitions not only for Latvian adult national team athletes, but also for national team athletes over the age of 15, strictly observing all epidemiological requirements and provisions.
- Training for athletes of national  teams, the Olympic team, and the Paralympic team may take place

-Sports training in groups may only take place outdoors and with not more than 10 people and without the use of changing rooms

- Sports events and competitions are cancelled and banned


Shopping and services

Points of sale 

- all stores (with a total sales area under 7000 m2) outside shopping centres are allowed to operate;
- in large shopping centres, only specific service providers and shops are allowed to operate;
- distance selling and e-commerce are not restricted, incl. the delivery of goods at home and via parcel machines;
- 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;
- it is also allowed to provide the goods necessary for the provision of existing services (for example, the provision of car parts in a car repair shop);
- the organisation of street trade (fairs) is allowed, subject to compliance with the safe trade protocol for all outdoor trade;
- on-site sales are no longer restricted by the list of allowed goods;
- in shopping centres, computer, computer peripheral equipment, video game control panel, and standard software retail outlets are allowed to operate on site as specialised telecommunication equipment retail stores (corresponding to NACE 47.41 and NACE 47.42).

- Both visitors and staff must wear face masks
- Signs with instructions regarding physical distancing and current safety measures must be displayed
- The number of people in retail premises, indoor markets must be limited to provide at least a 25 m2 area per person
- Points of sale, markets may be visited alone, except for children under the age of 12 or assistant if his/her help is required
- Ensure the (documented) development of an internal control system for the implementation of epidemiological safety measures
- A responsible person must be designated to organize compliance with the requirements at the point of sale on an ongoing basis
- An invitation for visitors to use the national contact tracing and alerting mobile app Apturi Covid must be placed in a clearly visible place (additionally to information about precautionary measures)

 

- It is forbidden to organize and advertise short-term (less than 7 days) special offers.
- The delivery of goods that were purchased online is forbidden in shopping centres!

E-commerce - It is allowed to sell and purchase goods via distance sales and e-commerce, and deliver and receive them both at the specified address and at the point of sale.   - It is forbidden to receive goods that were purchased online in shopping centres!
Services  

- Services may be provided when the duration of contact between the provider and the recipient is no more than 15 minutes, the people present wear masks, or no contact is required at all
- Visitors may enter the place of service one by one, except for persons who need the help of an assistant or children under 12 years of age
-From 1 March, subject to enhanced safety measures, it is permitted to provide manicure, pedicure, podiatrist, and hairdresser services, as well as individual open-air photo services for natural persons.

 

- The following services will not be provided:
-Beauty care, piercing and tattoo services (it is allowed to provide manicure, pedicure, podiatrist, and hairdresser services)
- Indoor sports equipment rental
- Entertainment and well-being services (including bars, nightclubs, discos, water parks, saunas, spas, skating rinks, game halls, children’s party venues, entertainment and amusement centres, trampoline parks, children’s playrooms, day-care rooms (including in shopping centres))
- Indoor operation of cultural and exhibition venues, incl. in libraries (except for open-air areas of museums, which can work to ensure one-way movement of visitors, non-meeting of human flows, and maintain a two meters distance)
-  on-site catering services (except for takeaway food and on-site catering in production companies, educational establishments where it is necessary to ensure that the place of catering is not publicly accessible, flows of groups of persons not meeting on daily basis do not overlap, only one person is present at one table during the catering, a distance of two meters is maintained between tables).

International travel

Travel

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary
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10-day self-isolation must be observed after arriving in Latvia from countries with more than 50 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)
- It is not recommended to travel to or from countries with more than 50 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)
-In order to limit the risks of Covid-19 infection , from 11 February, persons from the European Union and European Economic Area countries, the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom via international passenger transport or private vehicle will be able to enter Latvia only in urgent cases
- Before arriving in Latvia, all immigrants must fill in the arrival confirmation form covipass.lv
- From 25 January, passengers who intend to use international passenger transport services in order to arrive in Latvia by plane, bus or train will have to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before their departure. Only one type of test are valid, namely, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The carrier's services will only be available to passengers who will have tested negative. This requirement also applies to those who intend to arrive in Latvia by private vehicle. The result of the test will have to be indicated in the covidpass.lv questionnaire, which may be checked by the Latvian Border Guard and police representatives. Exceptions when getting tested before entering Latvia is not required: children under 11 years of age, employees and crew members of carriers; seafarers travelling to or from their duty station; transit passengers not leaving the controlled area of the aerodrome; members of the diplomatic corps, getting tested is not required for border residents who cross the border on a daily basis for work, education, or similar needs and can provide proof of employment or education.
- Persons transiting through Latvia will have to cross the country within 12 hours of submitting the arrival confirmation form on the covidpass.lv website.
- From 17 March, persons returning from non-essential travel to third countries must take the Covid-19 test at their own expense. In case of a positive result, person must immediately begin a 10-day self-isolation at a hotel, staying there at own expense.

Drivers engaged in the international carriage of goods or passengers   - Declared residents of Valka Municipality and Valga Parish who cross the Latvian land border with Estonia on a daily basis, as well as drivers who perform international cargo or passenger transportation within the European Union, must fill in the electronic confirmation form at covidpass.lv once every 30 days
- Drivers performing international cargo or passenger transportation to/from Russia and Belarus must fill in the electronic confirmation form on the website covidpass.lv every time
- Drivers engaged in the international transport of goods or passengers must observe self-isolation outside of working hours. Self-isolation may be interrupted for the performance of work duties
- Electronic confirmation forms for drivers performing international cargo or passenger transportation may be completed by a third party, such as an employer
 
 

State and municipal services

The State and local governments   - Services are recommended to be given and received remotely  
Marriages   - Marriage registration is allowed in the registry office and church, only in the presence of the persons wishing to marry and two adult witnesses.
- Outdoor marriage registration is allowed for a maximum of ten people from two households.
 
Christenings   - In emergencies, a baptismal service may be held in the presence of no more than 10 people from no more than two households
- Persons directly involved in performing the baptismal ceremony are not included amongst these 10 persons 
 
Funerals    - No more than 10 people may attend a funeral, subject to the principle of two households 
- Persons directly involved in the funeral process (clergy, funeral processors etc.) are not included amongst those 10 persons
 
Pickets, demonstrations, processions - Outdoor marches and pickets may be organised for up to 10 people, subject to epidemiological safety measures.