Government postpones Covid-19 decision making to Friday

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The government will decide on a detailed Covid-19 spread-reduction plan on Friday, March 12, instead of Thursday.

This is due to several shortcomings uncovered at the government meeting Thursday.

For example, the documents submitted had no clarity what to do with people returning from third countries. On Tuesday it was approved that flights to third countries would be allowed, but it had yet to be decided on whether the arrivals would be subject to self-isolation in hotels. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš stressed that issues of self-isolation from third countries could not be postponed for the following week, as flights start on 17 March.

Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said: “We approved significant changes on many issues. Nothing we decided on Tuesday has been included in today's meeting."

Kariņš added that provisions on remote work, learning, and public transport are included, where changes are foreseen, but there is no clarity on control and monitoring mechanisms. All issues related to Covid-19 restrictions are therefore expected to be reviewed on Friday. 


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