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'Quiet period', including curfew, extended until January 25 in Latvia

The Latvian government decided January 7 to extend the current restrictions regarding Covid-19 until January 25. Some amendments to the rules have also been made, including to the range of products that can be purchased in stores.

On Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday nights, a curfew must be observed. This means that from 22:00 to 5:00, people may not leave their place of residence. Exceptions are persons going to and from work, medical facilities or veterinary care facilities. Confirmation of the necessity to leave house (printed or handwritten in free form) must be present along with a valid identification document.

The range of items that can be purchased in stores has been slightly broadened.

Along with the list of items that could be purchased before, the following additional items will be available starting January 12:

  • socks and stockings, tights;
  • scarves, shawls, hats;
  • gloves and mittens;
  • surface cleaning rags and sponges;
  • spades, shovels, dustpans;
  • electrical heaters.

Online retail is not restricted.

As was already the case, cultural venues will not open. Libraries will only give books to take home. Beauty services will not be provided, hairdressers included. Amateur sports may only take place outdoors with a maximum 10 people present.

People must stay within their households. An exception has been made that underage persons may visit their parents if they live elsewhere.

The state of emergency in Latvia has currently been set until February 7.

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