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The Republic of Latvia declares a state of emergency in its territory from 9 November until 6 December

Covid-19 control measures

Last update 13.11.2020

Essential physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures

- Ventilating rooms, observing hygiene, and using disinfectants with an alcohol content of at least 70%
- It is recommended to use mouth and nose coverings in places with many people, in places where it is not possible to keep a 2 metre distance, and on public transport
- No more than 10 persons may gather at an organised indoor event  (regardless of the size of the premises); however, no more than 50% of the total capacity of the premises may be exceeded and an area of the 
3
m2 must be provided per person 
- No more than 300 persons may gather at an organised outdoor event
- Observing safety instructions in public places

Restriction Changes
 
Allowed
Allowed, on the condition that physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures are being followed
Forbidden

Health

Covid-19 testing

- You can take a free Covid-19 test if you have a doctor's referral
- To make an appointment call 8303 or register online

 

- To leave home
- To have guests and 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
Face masks   - A face mask must be worn in all public places indoors including public transport
- 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
- Wearing a face mask is not obligatory for children under 13 years of age or for people who have difficulty wearing a mask, for example, due to functional disorders
- Wearing a face mask is obligatory from the age of 13 outside the classroom at an educational establishment
 

Public transport

Public transport  

- Face masks must be worn
- Hygiene measures must be observed
- Instructions available on public transport must be observed
- Upon arrival in Latvia from countries where the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 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 mouth and nose covering must be used
- Foreigners travelling to their home country must use a mouth and nose covering, if the required period of self-isolation since their arrival in Latvia has not yet finished

- 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 - Pupils from grades 1-6 study in person
- The practical parts of professional and higher education programs, required for the attaining of professional skills or qualifications, may take place in person
- The practical parts of higher education programs and clinical training for residency students may take place in person
- Distance learning for pupils from grades 7-12 and vocational education students, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Science. 
- In schools, lunch breaks may be shorter than 30 minutes
- Face masks must be worn in educational institutions by children aged 13 and over.
 
- Until 15 November, higher education study programmes must take place remotely, except for the practical parts thereof and for clinical training for residency students.
Children's camps - No children’s camps will take place    
Sports activities - From 17 October to 6 November, sports training and classes may only take place for athletes of the Latvian National adult team, the Latvian Olympic team and the Latvian Paralympic team, as well as for adult teams of the highest leagues
- Outdoor sporting events can take place at any time of the day
 

- From 17 October to 6 November, outdoor classes and training may only be organised for groups of up to 30 persons, without the use of changing rooms and providing an area of at least 4 metres squared per person
- Indoor training is only allowed individually

- People who are not involved in the organisation of sports training must not participate in it
 
Interest-related education - Individual interest education classes may take place in person
- Interest-related education may take place in the frame of one group within an educational institution or among classmates

 

- On-site interest-related education programmes in groups may not be organised
- On-site activities and private and public events of interest-related educational groups may not be organised
- On-site practices of choirs and wind instruments may not be organised

Culture, entertainment, leisure

Working hours  

- Cultural sites, sports areas, and places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 and work until 20.00
- Sports centres may start working no earlier than 6.00 and work until 22.00
- Public catering places may only serve food as take-out

 
Operation of amateur art groups - Individual on-site classes may be organised subject to two-meter distancing, for example, vocal teacher - choir singer; studio head/master - apprentice; folk music ensemble leader - participant; director - actor; etc. - Organised activities of amateur art groups, such as choirs, dance groups, ensembles, and folk applied art groups, may take place only remotely - It is not allowed to organize 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 organized
Church services and other religious activities - Sunday school attendance takes place only individually

- If no event is taking place, not more than 50% of the total number of people allowed in the room are permitted in a place of religious activities
- Visitors must wear a face mask
- An area of at least 10 square meters per visitor must be provided
- Sunday school groups meet remotely
- Places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 to 20.00

- Places of religious activity must be closed from 20.00 to 6.00
- Choir singing is not allowed

Public catering places

  - May be open from 6.00 to 24.00
- A distance of 2 metres between the tables and at least 3 m2 per visitor must be ensured
- No more than 4 persons may be present at the same table indoors, unless they are members of the same househol
- Public catering places must not be open between 24.00 and 6.00
- Dancing is not allowed
 
Sports  

- From 17 October to 6 November, sports training may only take place outdoors, individually or remotely
- An area of at least four metres squared of the training area must be provided per person

- Sports training groups may not use changing rooms
- Sports events for children (under 18 years of age) are held without any spectators
- It is not allowed to organise outdoor events with more than 300 participants who are planning to be moving actively (Nordic walking, running, marathons, etc.)
Swimming pools   - For active swimming, a water surface area of at least 6 m2 per person must be ensured; for recreation, 4 m2 per person  

Private events

Private gatherings    - Events for up to 10 persons indoors and up to 100 persons outdoors may be organised, subject to physical distancing rules and epidemiological safety measures
- If a private event is held in a public place such as a restaurant, rented sauna, cultural centre, etc., guests must be provided with fixed, personalized seating with a distance of one meter between the seats. When leaving the seat, guests must observe a two-metre distance (except for persons from one household); the event may take place until 24.00
- When leaving the seat, guests must observe a two-metre distance (except for persons from one household).
- The event may take place until 24.00
- Dancing is not allowed
Weddings, baptisms, funerals  

- May be organised for up to 10 persons indoors or for up to 300 persons outdoors, subject to observing a 2-metre distance and the epidemiological safety measures  
- Places of religious activity may be open from 6.00 to 24.00

 
Events at work   - To the extent possible, it is recommended to organise daily work remotely - The gathering of employees for other reasons than performing their duties must be restricted

Shopping

Shopping centres - All stores are also allowed to operate in shopping centres during weekends and holidays

- Face masks must be worn
- Signs with instructions on physical distancing and current safety measures must be displayed
- The number of visitors must be limited at the location of sale

- Until 15 November, establishments which provide indoor entertainment for children (entertainment and amusement centres; children’s playrooms; trampoline parks; and babysitting rooms, including ones in shopping centres) must be closed (must not provide their services)

International travel

Travel

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary.
- Self-isolation is not required after arriving from countries where the number of new Covid-19 infections does not exceed 121,8 new cases per 100000 inhabitants over the course of the last two weeks (the list of countries is available on the SPKC website)

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary
- International passenger transportation is not performed if the incidence rate in the destination country twice exceeds the average incidence rate in the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.(the list of countries is available on the SPKC website)
- 10-day self-isolation must be observed after arriving in Latvia from countries with more than 121,8 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)
- 10-day self-isolation must be observed after arriving in Latvia from a country to which international passenger transport services are not being carried out


 

- The need for travel must be carefully assessed - information is available in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ summary.
- It is not recommended to travel to or from countries with more than 121,8 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)

State and municipal services

The State and local governments   - Services are recommended to be given and received remotely  
Christenings, wedding ceremonies and funerals   - A wedding ceremony may be attended by a maximum of 10 people, including a civil registry officer and a clergyman
- A maximum of 10 people may be present at a funeral, not including those directly involved in organizing the funeral
 
Public participation   - Public participation meetings may be organised for up to 300 persons indoors or 1000 persons outdoors, subject to physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures  
Pickets, demonstrations, processions  

- On-site pickets, demonstrations, and processions may be organised for up to 300 persons indoors or 1000 persons outdoors, subject to physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures