Government to decide on further restrictions Friday

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The government was scheduled to decide on extending the state of emergency Thursday, but the discussion will continue Friday, February 5.

On Tuesday, the government planned to extend the state of emergency until April 6, but open more stores and let youngest pupils return to school. However, this might still change, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns told Latvian Television on Friday.

Bordāns said that the government's discussions on Thursday had been "heated". 

"There are ministers who want to open stores, hairdressers [salons]. And there are grounds for that. But there are ministers who are responsible for health, and they are afraid of what will happen if more places open," said Bordāns.

The Justice Minister also said that the government meetings on such matters should be open to public. "Then the society would understand that there is nobody who is malicious, who wants to harm the society," he said. 

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