Wider range of goods will be allowed for sale in Latvia

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From next week, grocery stores will be allowed to sell everything normally and bookstores will be open, according to information from the LETA newswire on the government's decision on February 2.

The government conceptually supported that from February 8 this year, stores whose range of products is at least 70% food, will be allowed to sell everything on-site. This also applies to stores whose product range consists of 70% hygiene products, as well as bookstores.

The Ministry of Economics (EM) said that the government conceptually supported the safe-trade model proposed by the Ministry and will start a gradual transition to it from 8 February, extending the availability of goods on sale, while also setting additional safety requirements for retail and reinforcing control.

Safer retail conditions include a number of requirements, including the need to ensure more effective control of visitor traffic and very strict physical distancing. A ban on marketing activities that could promote large-scale gatherings will also likely be imposed. 

Precise legislative amendments are scheduled to be adopted on Thursday, February 4, at the forthcoming government meeting and full details should be released immediately thereafter.


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