Municipalities with a high incidence rate
Last update 13.12.2020
To protect the health of the Latvian public and decrease the burden on the health care system, measures have been set throughout the country to reduce the risk of the spread of infection in educational institutions and sports centres. Particularly strict conditions will have to be observed in municipalities where the prevalence of infection is twice as high as the Latvian average.
Significantly more stringent safety measures are applied to the residents of municipalities where the two-week total number of new Covid-19 cases per 10,000 inhabitants is twice the national average. The list of these municipalities will be published by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on its website, www.spkc.gov.lv, every Tuesday.
As of 8 December, the list includes: Krustpils municipality, Aknīste mucicipality, Daugavpils, Salacgrīva municipality, Mārupe municipality, Ķekava municipality, Ozolnieki municipality, Jēkabpils and Jelgava.
Stricter restrictions in the indicated municipalities:
- Return to the 2 + 2 principle applied in the first half of the year. On-site educational processes shall be implemented only in kindergartens and from grades 1 to 4. Cultural and exhibition venues, including fairs, shall be completely closed down. Libraries will be able to continue work, but only by handing out books for take away.
- Private events, both indoors and outdoors, will also be prohibited. Exceptions are emergency baptismal ceremonies and outdoor funeral ceremonies. During these events, too, epidemiological safety requirements must be observed, including wearing a face mask and maintaining a two-meter distance from others.
- It will also be necessary to stop indoor sports training in these municipalities. Only athletes of the Latvian adult team, Latvian Olympic team, and Latvian Paralympic team, as well as adult professional athletes of teams of international and the highest leagues of team sports can continue training.
- The number of people on a city’s public transport, in shops, and elsewhere, both indoors and outdoors, must also be significantly reduced. Citizens are encouraged to follow closely the information provided by service providers and merchants on the maximum number of people allowed and other security measures.