State will cover 80% of the accommodation service, but not more than €35 per night for COVID-19 patient contacts and COVID-19 patients with mild disease symptoms, and 100%, but not more than €45 per night for persons returned to Latvia from abroad via repatriation procedures determined by the State.
Data from the Ministry of Health show that most, or 38%, get sick with COVID-19 by contact with family members.
“In addition, given the rapid spread of the new virus type, the state-paid self-isolation option will also be offered to our nationals who will return to Latvia for repatriation, including from the United Kingdom,” said Economics Minister Jānis Vitenbergs (“KPV LV”).
The length of the accommodation period shall be 14 days. In certain cases, it will be possible to extend the stay period once.
Support will be provided in the form of vouchers. The beneficiary will be able to choose the tourist accommodation that is the right or closest to his or her place of residence from the list of accommodation available on the website of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA).
The support program will be implemented by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency in cooperation with the Disease Prevention and Control Center, the Health Inspectorate and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Around 30 hotels in both Riga and the regions have expressed their readiness to provide the rooms for the period of self-isolation.
Experts from the Disease Prevention and Control Center will provide guidelines and organize the training of staff in these hotels.
The Ministry of Economics estimated that the total amount of state aid needed for the three months from January to March would be EUR 2.17 million.
LSM already reported that there had been a public order for a self-isolation accommodation program in hotels.