Ski slopes will have more restrictions in Latvia

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Downhill skiing slopes will have to comply with additional safety measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading, the government decided Thursday, February 18.

Given the good weather conditions that are particularly suitable for winter sports, there has been a significant increase in the number of visitor on the downhill ski slopes, and therefore the government considers that additional security measures are needed for ski track operators, in order to avoid crowding and ensure epidemiological measures to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Under the new restrictions, no more than 300 persons may be present at the same time at the ski sports site and in the area under its management, provided that at least 70 square meters of outdoor space is provided for each person and two meters of distance can be observed everywhere. The maximum number of visitors shall be determined by the tickets available for the ski lift. 

If the sports site has a takeout food option, tables and benches shall not be located in the vicinity.

It is also stipulated that the owner of a downhill skiing sports site must appoint a responsible person who organizes the implementation of epidemiological security measures, a similar arrangement to that now in place at retail sites.

In a slightly bizarre side-ruling snow tubing (going down the slope on an inflatable ring) is going to be forbidden at ski slopes in the future. Though it takes place outdoors, tubing is not recognized as a type of sport, and therefore activities related to snow tubing may not take place on the slopes.


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