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Guidelines and recommendations for companies

Last update 22.01.2021

Special precautions must be taken until 7 February.

  • 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.
  • 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).

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.

Until 7 February, 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.

Provision of services in person

Until 7 February:

  • Entire beauty care industry (including hairdressers) will not work. Piercing and tattooing services are not provided.
  • 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. 


Catering

Until 7 February, public catering places may only serve food as take-out. 

This restriction does not apply to kindergartens and production companies where it is not possible to provide food for take-out. In exceptional cases, the following conditions must be met:

  • the place of catering is not publicly available;
  • it is ensured that the flows of groups of persons who do not have daily contact do not physically overlap;
  • only one person is at one table during meals;
  • a 2 metre distance is observed between the tables.
     

Source reference

Ekonomikas ministrija

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