Covidpass shortcomings: unclear rules on working abroad

Shortcomings have been identified in the Covidpass.lv system – it is not clear what kind of work does not require self-isolation after returning. This poses problems for those on work trips and  law enforcement, Latvian Television reported December 8.

Training manager Ingrīda Kudure travels weekly on two-to-three-day trips to Tallinn. When she returns to Latvia, she fills in the Covidpass questionnaire every time, noting that the journey was done for work purposes. Cabinet regulations provide that in such case, the 10-day self-isolation may be disregarded. But every time she receives messages from the law enforcement that she is among those who are monitored.

“The worst case was last week, when two e-mails came to me in a matter of seconds, in one case where I have to observe my self-isolation, the other, that self-isolation should only be observed if I have travelled on a private journey. I was called by the inspector from the police station. It was explained that they had a lot of such cases and that they had a list of people who would not actually have to be surveyed at home,” Kudure explained.

The State Police (VP), Vidzeme Region, confirmed that there was indeed no shortage of such cases. The law enforcement pointed to shortcomings in the Covidpass system and vaguely defined rules, as it is often not clear to people what type of work abroad should be regarded as an exception.

Jānis Dreimanis, spokesman for the Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior, explained that the problem will be resolved in the near future: “It is correct that these exceptional cases in Cabinet regulations have not been identified. We have identified this problem. In the near future, we will try to incorporate more effective ways to indicate [the purpose of the trip] to facilitate work for both police officers and, of course, to create more clarity for the travelers themselves."

As reported, Border Guard and national guardsmen checked more than 1300 persons on Monday, of which 30% had not completed of the Covidpass questionnaires.

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