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For organisers of cultural events

Last update 15.06.2021

Public events

From 15 June, upon presenting a digital Covid-19 certificate, people may attend public events if they:

  • have been vaccinated against Covid-19;
  • have recovered from Covid-19 within the last six months;
  • have tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 48 hours;
  • have tested negative for Covid-19 with a quick antigen test within the last 6 hours;
  • parents may attend these events together with their children who have not been vaccinated and haven’t had Covid-19 if the children are under the age of 12; no tests will be required in these cases.

Organisers must meet the following requirements

  • it must be possible to check whether visitors have been vaccinated, have recovered from Covid-19, or have a valid Covid-19 test (children under the age of 12 may be asked to provide proof of age);
  • both staff and visitors must wear face masks (except for children under the age of 7);
  • seating must be personalised (adjacent seats may not be occupied by more than two persons who do not share the same household or by more than four persons from the same household);
  • no crowding must be permitted;
  • indoor events may not exceed 4 hours (a 15-minute break must be held after 2 hours of the event; the premises must be ventilated);
  • no more than 300 persons may take part in indoor events and no more than 500 persons in outdoor events.
  • The rules adopted previously state that events may only be organised for vaccinated persons or persons recovered from Covid-19. In this case, there are no specific requirements for the organisers - the most important thing is to verify the fact of vaccination or recovery, as well as to ensure that these requirements are also met by the employees.

Operation of amateur art groups

From 20 May 2021, amateur arts groups (including choirs, orchestras, folk music ensembles, dance groups and other folk art groups) whose members have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 may conduct on-site rehearsals indoors for a group of up to 20 people without the need to wear mouth and nose coverings or observe a distance of 2 metres between persons.

  • Indoor rehearsals of permanent amateur art groups 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 recovered from the virus:
    • it is the responsibility of the group manager to ensure that only persons protected against Covid-19 are present. The group manager must check the vaccinated/recovered status of the group members,
    • compliance with the rules is also ensured by the group members themselves on the basis of mutual trust,
    • in order to facilitate the control of the status of the members, the founder of the art group may process their data in accordance with the personal data protection regulation.
  • Children’s art groups are not allowed to rehearse indoors, however, outdoor rehearsals are allowed,
  • if in the rehearsal room there’s a person that hasn’t been vaccinated or whose vaccination status is unknown, anyone present must wear a mouth and nose covering and observe physical distancing,
  • if only some of the members and the group manager have been vaccinated, only the vaccinated and recovered persons are allowed to be present in the rehearsal, outdoor rehearsals of permanent amateur art groups may take place in groups of up to 20 people, also if the members have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have not previously had the virus:
    • a distance of 2 metres must be observed, hand disinfection is obligatory, and mouth and nose coverings must be used before and after the rehearsal,
      if a distance of 2 metres cannot be ensured.
  • It is recommended to list all the rehearsal participants in order to be able to identify and alert contact persons in the event of a Covid-19 infection.

Participation in rehearsals is not allowed with signs of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath)!


Visiting museums and museum-related art and history exhibition sites

Museums and museum-related art and history exhibition sites are gradually reopening in line with guidelines for epidemiologically safe operation:

  • Museums and museum-related art and history exhibition sites may welcome individual visitors or members of one household.
  • Wearing face masks is obligatory!
  • Visitors must observe a 2-metre distance between persons, except for persons sharing the same household.
  • At least 25 m2 of the indoor premises must be ensured per person. 
  • Outdoors, at least 10 m2 of publicly accessible area must be ensured per person.
  • Booking visits in advance and purchasing tickets remotely is strongly advised, if possible.
  • Information must be placed in a clearly visible place at the entrance of the cultural place, including in foreign languages, regarding the maximum number of people allowed at the same time.
  • Open-air trails and outdoor museum expositions are open to visitors:
    • face masks must be worn by all visitors over the age of 7 when on nature trails, in outdoor museum spaces, and near environmental and natural sites that are visited by a large number of people!
  • The resources of the informative campaign #Ēkultūra resources have been updated and gathered in one place, inviting people to enjoy various cultural events virtually.
  • For those interested in Latvian history, the eMuseum is the most diverse and complete digital resource site in terms of content and form, with a whole range of materials of the Latvian National Museum of History. Virtual exhibitions, thematic galleries, interactive resources for exhibitions, museum publications, video and audio recordings, educational materials for schools and families (guides, colouring pages), and other materials are available, many of which can be browsed, downloaded, and shared on social networks.

Safety measures in libraries and archives

Libraries and archives are gradually reopening in line with guidelines for epidemiologically safe operation:

  • Libraries and archives may provide services to individual visitors or members of one household.
  • Wearing face masks is obligatory!
  • Visitors must observe a 2-metre distance between persons, except for persons sharing the same household.
  • A one-way flow of visitors must be organised.
  • Libraries and archives will also be able to provide services to visitors in reading rooms; libraries with outdoor reading zones will continue providing this service in the fresh air.
  • At least 25 m2 of publicly available indoors premises and at least 10 m2 in outdoor reading zones must be ensured per one visitor (1 person or members of 1 household).
  • Borrowing books is allowed.
  • Items received from readers are “quarantined” for 72 hours.
  • Libraries are also continuing to provide online services and consultations.
  • Information must be placed in a clearly visible place at the entrance of the library, including in foreign languages, regarding the maximum number of people allowed in the library at the same time.

Source reference

Kultūras ministrija

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