What can be bought this weekend in Latvia?

As reported last week, the Latvian government has decided that the range of products that can be purchased at weekends shall be limited to "reduce congestion in indoor and outdoor outlets" and curb the spread of COVID-19.

Although one weekend has already passed with the rules on weekend trading in place, adjustments have already been made and a certain amount of confusion still persists in society. Here is a reminder of goods that can be bought on weekends and holidays:

1) All types of products sold at pharmacies and veterinary pharmacies;

2) Fuel and all types of products at gas stations, except cigarettes, tobacco products and alcohol;

3) Stores may sell the following: food products, pet food, printed press, public transportation tickets, and hygiene products as follows:

  • shampoos,
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss,
  • soap,
  • disinfection liquids,
  • wipes and tissues,
  • towels,
  • tablecloths and napkins,
  • hair brushes and other brushes for body care,
  • feminine hygiene products,
  • diapers and other childcare hygiene products,
  • razors.

A list of hygiene products that may be traded is published on the website of the Ministry of Economics along with frequently asked questions by traders.

Pharmacies and veterinary pharmacies are allowed to open and sell their usual range of items.

The limitations apply also to markets and open-air sales. Fairs and Christmas markets may not take place at all.

On the other hand, distance trade and e-commerce are not restricted. The purchase of all goods with home delivery or to parcel terminals is allowed.

Earlier this week, Latvian Traders Association suggested changes in this order, as it takes a toll on retailers and the society is not too satisfied. However, no changes have been made yet and the rules remain the same as last week. 

 

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