After a long debate, Latvian government decided that the beauty industry would resume work step by step, and the first step would be allowing hairdresser, manicure and pedicure services to take place. This, along with additional safety measures, would be in force March 1.
Though Economics Ministry proposed to allow also medical procedures, such as massage, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said that these are often "face-to-face" and have high risks. Specialists will still have to evaluate which procedures to allow and government will return to this question February 23.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš agreed with Pavļuts and said that allowing hairdressers, manicurists and pedicurists to work will mean that around 6,000 of the total 8,000 beauty employees will be able to return to work.
Beauty service providers will have to observe specific safety measures, including personal protective equipment requirements, a registration system for the customers, proper ventilation, disinfection, and others.
Beauty service providers will have to register their activity with the Health Inspection and the compliance with Covid-19 safety requirements will be checked.