Exercise has not been banned, says Latvian Education Minister

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The additional temporary restrictions imposed do not prevent anyone from working to improve their physical fitness, said Ilga Šuplinska, Minister for Education and Science, responsible for the sports sector, on October 15.

The weeks between October 17 and November 6, when additional restrictions are to be imposed in gyms and sports training centers, have attracted some dissatisfaction from the public, sharing the hashtag #gribusportot (I want to exercise) on social media. The Minister said that sport was not prohibited, but the government's rules had to be followed. Šuplinska expressed hope that tracks, streets and forest trails would be full of runners, athletes, and others going on a stroll.

Edgars Severs, director of the Sports Department of Education and Science (IZM), recalled that training was limited until November 6. Groups will still be allowed to practice outdoors but without the use of locker rooms. The group may have up to 30 people, including a coach.

On the other hand, individual training is allowed for a single student with one trainer, but there are no restrictions on practicing together for one family, such as siblings or sisters, Severs explained. For sports schools, IZM recommends outdoor or remote training.

Professional Latvian athletes will be able to continue training, both indoors and outside, without restrictions. There are also no restrictions on top league adult teams in sports games. Minor team members may practice outdoors or individually.

Severs said that sporting events were banned from 17 October to 6 November, with the exception of strictly regulated international competitions.


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