Kariņš: Latvia will not shut down economy this year

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The government hasn't planned to shut down the economy this year despite the anticipation of the next Covid-19 outbreak in the fall, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Radio August 25. 

“Our economy is growing right now. It is very positive that we have already reached pre-crisis rates,” said Kariņš, stating that the government no longer wants or intends to suspend the activities of specific sectors or to return schools to remote learning.

The Prime Minister said that there will likely be no changes for people vaccinated against the virus, but certain services will be more difficult to access for unvaccinated people.

“I anticipate that there will be different restrictions on people who have not chosen to vaccinate, a number of services may not be available to them,” said Kariņš. Latvia still has several hundred thousand doses of vaccines in storage. 

Referring to the amendments to the law currently being examined by the Saeima, which provide for the obligation of sector-specific representatives to vaccinate against Covid-19, Kariņš said they were misunderstood. He stressed that there would be no compulsory vaccination against Covid-19, but it was a professional obligation not to threaten customers and service providers in certain sectors. However, Kariņš conceded that the law could still be improved, and said that the Saeima would also do so in negotiations with the parties involved.


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