Online alcohol sales allowed during Covid-19 pandemic in Latvia

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Latvian parliament will allow the sale of alcohol through the internet during the state of emergency related to the spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, according to LETA news agency on March 20.

The law won't apply to tobacco products and electronic cigarette fluid. Those buying alcohol will still have to be at least 18 years old and make the purchase between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. According to the Finance Ministry the law will help to keep people at home and promote self-isolation.

As previously reported, the Saeima gave rapid approval to the government's latest emergency measures at an extraordinary sitting. Amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers' Emergency Statement require tour and passenger carriers to cancel foreign travel. Business trips and missions abroad should also be canceled as far as possible.

The changes also clarify that cultural, entertainment, sporting and other recreational facilities shall not commence operations before 08.00 and shall end no later than 23.00. The amendments clarify that upon arrival to Latvia all arrivees shall confirm in writing that he / she will take special precautions, including self-isolation, with a few exceptions for transport workers.

Foreigners who were legally staying in the Republic of Latvia until 13 March 2020 and whose legal stay expired after 13 March 2020 may continue to reside in the Republic of Latvia during the emergency without a new residence permit or visa and retaining the right to existing employment.

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