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Covid-19 control measures

Last update 26.02.2021

Essential physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures

- Ventilating rooms, observing hygiene, and using disinfectants with an alcohol content of at least 70%
- Mandatory face masks in public places indoors if more than two people are present, and on public transport
- All public events are cancelled and banned

 
Allowed
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
 
 

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
- 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    
Education

 

 

- In municipalities that meet the "safe school" criteria, on-site studies can resume for 1st-4th grade students from 22 February
-From 8 February on site consultations will be available to all students at risk of dropping out, as well as to 12th grade students and vocational school students who have to pass state examinations.
- Individual on-site acquisition of practical skills will also be possible for university students who are studying various medical and veterinary medicine programs in the last year of studies.
 
- Distance learning for pupils from grades 1-12, students and vocational education students, takes place in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Science.
- Face masks should be worn by all staff in educational institutions.
- An area of at least 3 square metres per one pupil must be provided in the study premises

 

 

Children's camps - No children’s camps will take place    
Interest-related education  

- Interest education classes for individuals and groups may only be organised remotely

- Interest education classes may not be organised in person

Events and activities

Working hours  

- Cultural sites and places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 and end work no later than 20.00
- On 25 February places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 and end work no later thant 22.00
- It is only allowed for public catering places to provide take-away meals 

 
Operation of amateur art groups   - Organised activities of amateur art groups, such as choirs, dance groups, ensembles, and folk applied art groups, may only take place remotely - It is not allowed to organise amateur art classes in groups
- On-site amateur art group activities and private and public events of these groups 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 - Events can be organised within one household
- Private events and gatherings outside one household are forbidden.
Church services and other religious activities  

- Places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 and end work no later than 20.00
- 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
- 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 20.00 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
Sports - 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
- Training for athletes of national  teams, the Olympic team, and the Paralympic team may take place
- Downhill hill resorts and their teritory may accommodate up to 300 people at a time, providing an area of at least 70m2 per person and respecting a distance of two metres between the people
- Owners of downhill ski resorts must determine a responsible person for organising the implementation on epidemiological safety measures at their resort.

-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
- The provision of snow tubing as an entertainment service is prohibited


Shopping and services

Points of sale 

-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.
-From 8 February full scale sales are taking place in: pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies, opticians,fuel stations,grocery stores, i.e. stores where food is sold comprising not less than 70% of the assortment of goods,hygiene goods stores, i.e. stores where hygiene goods are sold comprising not less than 70% of the assortment of goods,as well as bookstores.
-In others points of sale 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, flowers,plants, seedlings, bulbs, tubers, and seeds, substrates, fertilizers, liming materials, and plant protection products, electrical accessories (wires, extension cords, chargers), disinsectisation and deratization agents.

 

 

-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

 

- Fairs and exhibitions must not take place

- It is forbidden to organize and advertise short-term (less than 7 days) special offers

 

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    
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.

 

- Piercing and tattoo services are forbidden
- No photographic services may be provided (except for document photos)
- It is forbidden to provide services related to entertainment and well-being: including bars, nightclubs, discos, water parks, saunas, SPA, skating rinks, game halls, organisation places of children’s parties, entertainment and amusement centres, trampoline parks, children’s playrooms, day-care rooms (including in shopping centres) in person

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.
- From 15 February, persons transiting through Latvia will have to cross the country within 12 hours of submitting the arrival confirmation form on the covidpass.lv website.

 

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
-Professional truck drivers do not have to pass the Covid-19 test if they plan to stay in Latvia for no more than 72 hours or have spent less than 72 hours in the last 14 days in a country with a high incidence rate. In its turn, if a driver plans to stay in Latvia for more than 72 hours or has spent more than 72 hours in the last 14 days in a country with a high incidence rate, performing a Covid-19 test is required. Learn more!
 

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  
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 outdoors, subject to the principle of two households 
- 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.
- Persons directly involved in the funeral process (clergy, funeral processors etc.) are not included amongst those 10 persons
 
Pickets, demonstrations, processions     - On-site pickets, demonstrations, and processions may not be organised