Municipalities with a high incidence rate
Last update 27.11.2020
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. This is provided for in the amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. 655 Regarding Declaration of the Emergency Situation adopted on Tuesday, 24 November. In addition to safety measures, the Government has also approved support measures for taxpayers and parents.
The Cabinet of Ministers also has approved extensive state aid instruments for entrepreneurs, the self-employed, and employees whose activities have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government has also decided to support parents whose children cannot attend educational institutions.
Additional restrictions applied throughout the country:
In the field of education, from 30 November:
- Schools must provide at least 3 square metres of the classroom space per each child. Teachers shall use a mouth and nose covering both during the teaching process and during breaks.
- In higher education and vocational education practical classes which cannot be implemented remotely, the number of people in one group may not exceed 10.
In the field of sports, from 27 November:
- Sports centres shall reduce the number of people indoors. Instead of 10 square meters, at least 15 square meters must be provided per each visitor, and the total number of people in the premises must not exceed 20% of the maximum possible. The opening hours of sports centres remain from 6.00 to 22.00.
In the field of culture, from 27 November:
- Individual amateur art rehearsals may take place until 22.00, subject to epidemiological safety requirements.
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 27 November, the list includes: Varakļāni municipality, Aknīste municipality, Baldone municipality, Salacgrīva municipality, Krāslava municipality, Mārupe municipality, Mālpils municipality, Smiltene municipality, Garkalne municipality, Limbaži municipality, Salaspils municipality, and Daugavpils city.
Stricter restrictions in the indicated municipalities 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.