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Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Covid 19

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Grant for the working capital flow
  • A company can receive the support if:
    • the turnover for the month for which the support is requested (November or December) is at least 20% lower than the average turnover in August, September and October 2020 combined; 
    • and is at least 30% lower than in the corresponding month of 2019 (does not apply to companies registered in 2020).
  • The support for the months of 2021 is 60% of the total gross wage on which wage taxes have been paid in August, September, and October 2020, but not more than EUR 100,000 per month and not more than EUR 800,000 for a group of related entities.

  • The support for the months of 2020 is 30% of the total gross wage on which wage taxes were paid in August, September, and October 2020. The maximum support available to one company is EUR 50,000 per month, and a maximum of EUR 800,000 for a group of related entities.

  • If the company has already received support for a pre-defined support period (1 November 2020 to 31 December 2020), it may re-apply for support for November or December 2020 separately and receive support for each month of the support period that together with the support previously received does not exceed EUR 800 000.

  • You can apply for the grant every month from January to May 2021, by submitting applications to the EDS by 15 June at the latest.

  • Entrepreneurs will be able to use the support from the moment the support is granted, but not later than 31 July 2021.

Downtime allowance for companies and their employees
  • The downtime allowance shall be granted for employees in the amount of 70% of the average monthly gross salary for the period from 1 August to 31 October 2020.
  • Employees of a micro-enterprise will be able to receive support in the amount of 50% of the average monthly gross salary for the 3rd quarter of year 2020, as indicated in the quarterly declaration. 
  • Regardless of the current salary, the downtime allowance from 1 January 2021 will not be less than EUR 500 and no more than EUR 1000 for a full month.
  • In addition to the downtime allowance, the State Social Insurance Agency will also grant a supplement of EUR 50 for each dependent child under the age of 24, for which the employee is subject to personal income tax relief.
  • The employer may pay its employees the difference between the downtime allowance and the full salary received so far.
  • The support is available until 30 June 2021, but not longer than restrictions on economic activity are applied.

Allowance for part-time employee salary subsidies
  • Within the framework of the support measures the employee will receive support in the amount of 50% of the average monthly gross salary for the period from 1 August to 31 October of year 2020 but not more than EUR 500.
  • The employer is obliged to pay the difference between the salary subsidy and the full salary received so far.
  • The support is available until 30 June 2021, but not longer than restrictions on economic activity are applied.

Support for self-employed and patent payers
  • For a self-employed person operating under the general tax regime and a recipient of royalties who has not registered as an economic operator, support is provided in the amount of 70% of the average income from economic activity or royalties in the 3rd quarter of year 2020, but not less than EUR 500 and no more than EUR 1000 per full month. 
  • A self-employed person - a micro-enterprise taxpayer may receive support in the amount of 50% of the average monthly income from economic activity for the third quarter of year 2020, but not less than EUR 500 and no more than EUR 1000 per full month.
  • The patent payer has a fixed downtime allowance in the amount of EUR 500 per full month. It is available if there is a valid patent during the support period.
  • In addition to the downtime allowance, the SSIA will also grant a supplement of EUR 50 for each dependent child under the age of 24, for which the person is subject to personal income tax relief.
How does one apply for the allowance?
  • You can apply by filling in the application form in the SRS Electronic Declaration System (EDS).
  • For employees of the company, the employer submits both an application for downtime allowance and a salary subsidy, but the employee receives the support to his/her account.
  • You can apply for the allowance for November until 15 December, for December - until 15 January, and for January - until 15 February.
  • In applications for March and in any subsequent months, a justification for the link between the reduction in revenue and the restrictions on economic activity associated with the epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 will have to be provided.

  • You can apply for support until the 15th of each month for the previous month. Until 15 February for January, until 15 March for February.

Detailed information on the criteria for potential support beneficiaries, the granting conditions, and the receiving procedure is available on the website of the State Revenue Service

In case of any questions or uncertainties, please call the SRS consultation number 67120000 or ask a question in writing under the SRS EDS section “Correspondence with the SRS”. Personalised consultations may be received when calling 67120000, as long as the person accesses his/her SRS EDS account during the call and relays the code that is shown there.

The most important thing to achieve in points of sale is effective and strict compliance with distancing rules. In all shopping venues, including markets and outdoor street shopping venues, persons must wear masks, maintain a 2-metre distance, and pay additional attention to hygiene; there must be information on the precautions to be taken. Face shields may only be used together with a mask. 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:

  • a designated responsible person must organise the fulfilment of safety requirements at the point of sale 
  • an internal control system must be in place for the implementation of the epidemiological precautionary measures; it must be presented to the official if requested
  • at least 25 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 25 m2, then there can only be one visitor at a time;
  • if the infrastructure allows, the exit must be separated from the entrance;
  • the control of the flow of visitors is organised by only allowing to enter the shop with a basket 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;
  • it is forbidden to organise and advertise short-term special offers that could motivate people to visit and stay at points of sale for longer periods, thus creating a risk of gatherings.
     

In shopping centres (buildings with a total retail space of at least 1500 m2, or with a total of at least 5 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 is controlled at the entrances and exits of the shopping centre, in the corridors, at the toilets and in other places (outside the place of service and sale) where the gathering of visitors may take place;
  • from 15 February, it is mandatory to install a digital people flow counting tool in shopping centres with an area exceeding 7000 m2. The transition period for the installation of such a tool is one week, meanwhile the control of the visitor flow must be ensured by using the trolley/basket system, automatic or manual closing of the entrance doors, etc. solutions.

In markets:

  • a designated responsible person must organise the fulfilment of requirements at the point of sale; 
  • an internal control system must be in place for the implementation of the epidemiological precautionary measures; it must be presented to the official if requested;
  • in an open market area, a mouth and nose covering must be used during trade. Face shields may only be used together with a mask;
  • at least 25 m2 of publicly available space in the market building must be provided per visitor;
  • information about the maximum allowed number of visitors, including in foreign languages, must be provided at the entrance of the market building;
  • 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.

Failure to comply with safety measures may result in the closure of the point of sale, shopping centre, or market for up to 7 days, but no longer than until the termination of the state of emergency. 

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.

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.

In order to effectively plan the workload and capacity of vaccination centres, it is possible to apply for the Covid-19 vaccine early.

There are four ways for inhabitants of Latvia to register for the vaccine:

  • on the website www.manavakcina.lv;
  • by calling the toll-free number 8989;
  • employers will be able to submit lists of their employees (people are still invited to apply individually without waiting for their employer to make an application);
  • with the help of a GP.

One of the ways for inhabitants of Latvia to apply for the vaccine against Covid-19 is using by the website www.manavakcina.lv

  • Persons in priority groups will receive the vaccine first
  • The rest of the applications received within one calendar month will be processed equally, and on a random basis
  • The website www.manavakcina.lv are also available in Russian

Toll Free Number 8989

  • Only to register for the vaccine.
  • When making a call, citizens must identify themselves with their personal identification number and name/surname and provide their telephone number and/or e-mail address.
  • You can also provide a second phone number - belonging to another person close to you - to feel confident that you will actually be reached when it is time to get vaccinated.

Yes, the sales restriction also applies to street sales and market sales.

In order to reduce the gathering of people indoors, thus limiting the spread of Covid-19 in the community, the following services will not be provided until 6 April:

  • beauty care, piercing and tattoo services (from 01.03.2021 it is allowed to provide manicure, pedicure, podiatrist, and hairdresser services),
  • indoor sports equipment rental,
  • on-site photo services (except for the performance of work duties and production of photographs for documents, as well as from 01.03.2021 it is allowed to provide individual photo services outdoors),
  • 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 sports club activities,
  • there will be no drive hunting,
  • organization of trade fairs,
  • 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).

From 1 March, the following beauty care services will be gradually resumed, subject to enhanced safety measures: manicure, pedicure, podologist, hairdresser.

From 1 March, the provision of individual photo services to natural persons in the open air will be allowed, in compliance with the epidemiological safety requirements in force in the country regarding distance and the number of people. Learn more!

If the provision of the service is not possible without the purchase of goods, for example, the purchase and installation of new tyres or car parts in a car repair shop, then the sale of goods is allowed.
 

Distance sales and e-commerce of any goods are allowed - the purchase of goods with a distance agreement, delivery at home and via parcel machines, as well as the delivery and receipt of goods in stores is allowed, adhering to safety preconditions.

What helps stop the spread of COVID-19!

Wash hands regularly
Cough and sneeze in your elbow
Don’t touch your face
Keep a safe distance
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