Most employees will still need Covid certificates at workplaces

As from March 1, when the state of emergency is over in Latvia, some employees will be exempt from the requirement for a Covid-19, but it will remain at most workplaces, Cabinet decided February 15.

In medical institutions, social care and education, as well as a number of services involving contact with other people, Covid certificates will still be required. The employer will have the right to identify the positions in which the Covid-19 certificate is mandatory.

The services where a Covid certificate will still be required are:

  • entertainment, including discos, nightclubs, gambling establishments, aqua parks, trampoline parks, entertainment centers;
  • sports;
  • catering;
  • personal services, including beauty and care services where a mask is not used and there is close contact with the recipient.

Conditions provide that the employer will have the right to identify positions where an epidemiologically safe environment is required and/or during which there is an increased likelihood of infection through direct contact and contact with a large number of persons, whether employees' onsite duties are critical to the public, as well as the continuity of the business.

Employers will therefore be able to identify specific employees who need a certificate of recovery or vaccination to perform their duties onsite.

In addition, the employer may also identify employees who need to perform a Covid-19 routine screening test. In such cases, the test shall be paid by the employer.

As indicated by Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts on Monday, there might be changes to the requirements as of April 1.

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