Latvia's museums, shopping malls, libraries can reopen

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On Tuesday, June 1, the government agreed that malls and cultural establishments, including museums, would be able to resume their work, since the Covid-19 morbidity has fallen below the threshold of 320 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Libraries, archives, museums and similar arts and historical sites will be accessible for individual visits. Indoor space of at least 25 square meters, and outdoor space of at least 10 square meters must be provided. If the total space is smaller, members of only one household can be in the room at the same time.

The Cabinet also agreed to lift all retail restrictions. This means that shopping malls with a total area of more than 7,000 square meters, which could not work until now, will also be able to resume their work. Regarding street sales, there will no longer be a requirement of only 20 vendors per location. Local governments will be able to decide how many sellers can gather.

The government also decided that one household would be allowed to visit another. Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather outdoors and up to 10 people from two households will be allowed indoors.

At funerals and christening ceremonies, not more than 20 people outdoors and not more than 10 people indoors (excluding persons directly associated with the provision of funeral or baptism) shall be allowed to gather at the same time. Mouth and nose masks must be used during the ceremony.

Residents of Valka and Valga who have to cross the Latvian-Estonian border daily will be allowed to cross without restrictions, if they do not move outside the administrative areas of Valka and Valga municipalities.

According to Economics Ministry, the changes are expected to enter into force Thursday, June 3.

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