Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Public gatherings will be prohibited between 9 November and 6 December. No public events will take place. Up to 10 people from no more than 2 households may meet privately. No more than 50 people may participate in public meetings, rallies and political demonstrations, taking due precautions.
Up-to-date information on other restrictions effective from 9 November is available in the Covid-19 control measures section
In municipalities where the two-week total number of new Covid-19 infections per 10,000 inhabitants is twice the national average, special precautions must be taken from 27 November:
- 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.
The conditions must be met by municipalities included in the list published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The list is updated every Tuesday until 12.00, and stricter conditions come into force on the Thursday of the same week.
To support those who have been affected the most by the emergency situation declared due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, three types of support have been established:
- Downtime allowance shall be paid to a merchant in the amount of 70% of the merchant’s declared average salary for three months (August, September, October). The subsidy will be paid to the employee (employed, self-employed, and patent payers). The minimum amount of the subsidy is planned to be EUR 330 (the amount is determined in accordance with the net minimum wage in the country); it is planned to pay another EUR 50 for each dependent; the maximum amount of the subsidy is EUR 1000 (net). At the same time, it is stipulated that the aid paid to employees must not exceed 80% of gross salary.
- Allowance for employee salary subsidies will be available in the amount of 50% of the declared average monthly gross salary for the period from 1 August to 31 October 2020, but not more than EUR 500 per calendar month per employee. At the same time, the employer is obliged to pay the employee the difference between the amount of allowance received and the amount of salary, thus ensuring that the employee will receive 100% compensation. The allowance will be paid to employees.
- Current assets subsidy for entrepreneurs will be available in the amount of 30% of the total gross salary of the company, for which salary taxes were paid in August, September, and October 2020, but not more than EUR 50,000 for the support period and not more than EUR 800,000 for the related group of persons.
It will be possible to apply for support in December for November by contacting the State Revenue Service.
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.
In a shopping venue, there must be at least 10 square metres of publically available space per visitor.
Information about the maximum allowed number of visitors (including in foreign languages) must be provided at the entrance of every shop.
The following venues may operate at shopping centre with a publically available area of at least 10,000 square metres, or with at least 10 shopping venues, on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays:
- grocery stores,
- pharmacies (including veterinary),
- pet food shops,
- book shops,
- newspaper and magazine shops,
- hygiene and household goods shops,
- telecommunications goods and service providers,
- issue of remotely purchased goods.
Between 9 November and 6 December, food service venues may only serve food as take-out.
This restriction does not apply to food service providers in schools and pre-school facilities, at workplaces and at the Riga airport. The following rules must be complied with in those venues:
- both the visitors and the staff must wear nose and mouth protection,
- there must be a distance of 2 m between the tables, unless there is a partition separating them,
- no more than 2 people who are not members of the same household are allowed at any one table,
- visitors may only use seats,
- at least 10 m2 of publically available space must be provided per visitor,
- cutlery, sets of dishes, and napkins must be individually issued to every visitor,
- tables must be disinfected after every meal (after every visitor),
- clearly legible publically available information (including in a foreign language) stating the maximum number of visitors that may be at the food service venue must be placed in locations visible to the visitors (at least at the entrance and at the cash register).
The purpose of emergency restrictions is to ensure that people do not risk their own and others’ health by meeting others and spending time in the same room for a long time. Therefore, in hotels, the solution is to deliver food to the room for guests to enjoy there, rather than in a common area such as a dining room or bar.
For individual recreation, there will be public natural paths; museums, exhibitions, libraries and other cultural venues will remain open; however, no events will take place there.
No entertainment events, such as discotheques, will take place. Gambling venues and bars, skating rinks, children’s party venues, entertainment and amusement centres, trampoline parks, playgrounds and child day-care rooms (including those in shopping centres) will be closed. Water entertainment and amusement centres, saunas and spa facilities will be closed. No sports events will take place, including competitions, presentations, shows etc.
Face masks must be worn:
- On public transport;
- In taxis by passengers and by the driver, if a special barrier, such as a separating wall, is not installed;
- At bus stations, railway stations, ports, and airports;
- In a shop, pharmacy, post office, gas station, and other indoor points of sale;
- In markets and outdoor street shopping venues;
- In a museum, library, exhibition hall, and in other cultural venues;
- In churches;
- In any other public place;
- Providing and receiving services;
- In medical institutions;
- In the common areas of educational institutions (both children aged 13 and over and teachers).
The using of a face mask does not substitute the distancing and disinfection requirements.
Wearing a face mask is not obligatory for:
- children under 13 years of age (from the age of 13, a mask must be used), because it is important to wear the mask properly;
- persons with specific medical conditions, for example, if a person has difficulty wearing a mask due to a movement disorder or if the person has a mental health disorder.