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No Covid certificate, no public transport discount in Latvia

Public transport users receiving a discount (excluding children) will not be able to claim it without a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery, government decided October 12.

The rule will enter into force October 25.

The Ministry of Health has indicated that in public transport there is a very high risk of infection with Covid-19 when a large number of people who have not been fully vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19 are present. Therefore, VM considers that it is necessary to reduce the movement of people who have not been fully vaccinated or who have not had Covid-19 by public transport.

Consequently, the government decided to amend the rules: public transport service providers will be able to receive information from the National Health Service regarding each person receiving public transport discounts so that they can identify whether the person has a valid vaccination or recovery certificate.

On the basis of this information, the public transport service provider will be able to decide on the application of discounts to specific groups of people.

VM explained that public transport services are an epidemiologically unsafe environment. The current epidemiological safety requirements provide that transport can reach more than 80% of its capacity. In such circumstances it is not possible for passengers to observe distance in public transport; therefore, even if one passenger infected with Covid-19 is present in transport, the others are at high risk of infection.

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