Cuts to Rīga transport services criticized amidst Covid-19 outbreak

The Rīga temporary administration is acting to ensure sufficient transport flow during the coronavirus pandemic to reduce crowding, the Rīga City Council told the press March 26.

Specifically, the city's interim head Edvīns Balševics has tasked Rīga executive director Juris Radzevičs and the board of the Rīgas Satiksme municipal transport company to increase transport services so that passengers could stand at the mandatory 2 meter distance from one another.

"Taking public safety precautions based on epidemiologists' expertise is of utmost importance. That's why, based on current affairs information voiced by Health Ministry experts, I have ordered to improve safety in public transportation. This includes ensuring enough services so that there are as few people as possible in a single vehicle," said Balševics.

The Rīga City Council still asks the public to abstain from using public transportation if possible to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. 

As reported, services in Rīga public transportation were reduced 20% as the number of passengers halved during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Disease Prevention and Control Center criticized the move March 25 as the first cases of so-called social transmission of the Covid-19 infection were discovered in the country. 

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