Latvian government to discuss further Covid restrictions next week

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The government will discuss new Covid-19 restrictions next week. The issue is becoming more pressing as the number of people infected and the pressure on hospitals grows, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a briefing September 14.

"We must base the policy on a number of essential principles. First of all, schools work onsite as much as possible. Secondly, a policy to create a potentially safe service environment, but not to limit the functioning of economic sectors. It is therefore expected that the decisions to be taken by the government next week should be based on the logic of the safety zones. For example, restaurants can provide services [to people] with a certificate of test, recovery or vaccination. According to the same logic, other types of services [can be provided], with the exception of essential services and goods, which were not restricted during the previous wave of Covid-19 last season," Pavļuts said.

Other government ministers, agreed that they would not reinforce the restrictions that were in place previously, like lists of goods for sale, or curfews. However, remote work and services could be encouraged, as well as the fill of rooms and public transportation could be reduced. 

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš also indicated that additional attention should be paid to the pace of vaccination. According to the Ministry of Health, the vaccination rate fell by 10% last week.

“On my part, I expect from all these experts that we could finally decide next week on the specific measures that we can implement best in these circumstances. But I can repeat again: the foundation for everything around the world, it has long been recognized, all countries in the world are implementing it – it is this vaccination campaign,” said Kariņš.


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