Organisation of sports events
Last update 14.06.2021
Sports training and competition
- From 20 May, indoor trainings of permanent amateur sports teams may take place in groups of up to 20 people, if the members have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or can prove with relevant documents that they have had the virus:
- this regulation only applies to permanent amateur sports teams without regular changes in team members. In one sports training (class) room, sports training is only allowed to take place for one group, and no persons that have not been vaccinated or previously infected are allowed in the room.
- Outdoor sports training in groups may take place in groups of up to 20 people and without using changing rooms, if the members have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have not previously had the virus.
- Outdoor sports training and classes may start no earlier than at 6.00 and end no later than at 22.00
- Indoor sports trainings are not allowed: sports clubs may not accept clients indoors - gyms are not operating, and people are not allowed to go to the club to train individually.
- From 15 June, indoor sports training may take place without additional conditions if persons taking part have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 (ensuring that these requirements are also met by the staff):
- holders of various certificates may be present in the room (tested, recovered, vaccinated), however, additional conditions regarding the available area per 1 person, occupancy of the room, size of training groups, duration of training, etc., must be observed.
- If the area of the respective outdoor sports venue allows it, the work of several training groups may take place at the same time, if the flow of different training groups does not physically overlap, as well as separate supervision of each group’s activities is ensured.
- Professional athletes under the legal age (persons who, on the basis of an Agreement and for an agreed fee, prepare for and participate in sports competitions) are also allowed to participate in international and top-level team sports competitions.
- Training indoors without observing the restrictions is allowed for athletes of the Latvian adult team, the Latvian Olympic team and the Latvian Paralympic team; adult athletes of top-level team sports teams; students of the Murjāņi Sports Gymnasium and high-class athlete training centres; Latvian youth and junior team athletes who are preparing for the European or World Championships of the respective age group.
- Conducting sports events (e.g. competitions) is prohibited, except for:
- Scheduled competitions of international Olympic sports federations (including the planned official training sessions before such competitions) for adult teams are allowed to take place, under the condition that no audience is present.
- Competitions of international and major team sports leagues are allowed, provided that only professional athletes take part and that no audience is present.
- Sports competitions of all the highest Latvian leagues of team sports may take place, providing that they award a title of Latvian champion in the adult category
- It is allowed to organise competitions not only for Latvian adult national team athletes, but also for national team athletes over the age of 15, strictly observing all epidemiological requirements and provisions.
Participation of foreign athletes in international sports events in Latvia
International sports event - sports competition of international importance, included in the calendar of competitions of the international sports federation (including official training planned before the competition), as well as sports competitions of international leagues, the list of which is published on the website of the Latvian Sports Federation Council. This category shall not include sports competitions at the Baltic or Latvian level (including open championships and cups), except for in the case when they are qualification competitions for participation in the Olympic or Paralympic Games, as well as world and European championships in Olympic and Paralympic sports.
Foreign athletes and sports staff may arrive to Latvia from the risk countries included on the list of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and participate in international sports events, when 2 Covid-19 tests have been performed and they are negative:
- the 1st test should be made not earlier than 3 days before arrival to Latvia
- the 2nd test - a day after arrival to Latvia (self-isolation should be observed until receipt of the 2nd result)
- the 3rd or repeated test should be made when staying in Latvia for longer than 5 days in relation to participation in an international sports event in Latvia
After arrival to Latvia, foreign athletes and sports staff should submit the organiser of the sports event the certification regarding the fact that they will comply with all determined restrictions and will observe their health status.
Athletes will not be permitted to use public transport, but they will have to use their own transport or transport provided by the organiser of the international sports event in Latvia.
During the sporting event, the person shall not visit other public or social places, including bars and restaurants, as well as shall try to limit contact with other people during the event.
In turn, the organiser of an international sports event in Latvia will be obliged to:
- ensure the availability of the certifications and documents filled in by the persons regarding the results of the Covi-19 tests performed on the persons at the place of the international sports event;
- immediately inform the relevant international sports federation if the athlete, sports employee or representative of international sports organisations fails to comply with the specified obligations at an international sports event in Latvia. In this case, it will be necessary to decide on the revocation of the accreditation issued to the person in accordance with the procedure established by the relevant international sports federation.
Epidemiologically safe pilot projects
In order to implement and practically test the model of epidemiologically safe sports competitions and indoor sports training (classes) for using the gained experience in the future, pilot projects of epidemiologically safe sports events will be implemented.
The first planned pilot project regards sports training (classes) in ice-hockey, figure skating, and short track speed skating in ice halls (indoor ice rinks). The reason behind choosing this pilot project is the specifics of these sports and the sports infrastructure required for the training process, as well as the fact that it is not possible to develop skating skills for these sports outdoors. The planned pilot project implementation period: 2 June - 11 July 2021; the project will be implemented in ice halls (indoor ice rinks) in Latvia.
The restrictions specified in clauses 17 and 18 of sub-paragraph 32.7 of the Cabinet Regulations No.360 would not apply to the implementation of such pilot projects.