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Interior Minister says more industries should be allowed to work

Restrictions to reduce COVID-19 spread have stopped the activity of many sectors. Interior Minister Sandis Ģirģens (“KPV LV”) told Latvian Television November 27 that it is important to allow all sectors to work, despite the rapid spread of the virus.

The Minister explained that, in his view, restrictions on beauty and catering industries have created "artificial" unemployment.

Unemployment could pose a number of potential threats, including shadow economy and increasing the risks of theft.

The Minister also pointed out that the risk of COVID-19 spreads caused by cross-border travel should be reduced. In his opinion, Latvia should follow the example of other European countries and require foreigners to provide proof of negative COVID-19 tests, as well as more active testing of arrivals. More testing would allow more industries to continue to work, Ģirģens said.

Currently, the beauty industry in Latvia is not allowed to provide services, except hairdressing. Catering industry may only serve food to-go.

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