State of emergency extended until April 6 in Latvia

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The Latvian government decided on February 5 that the state of emergency declared in the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be extended by two months until April 6.

Since the prevalence of Covid-19 in Latvia is still high, most restrictions remain in place.

The government will decide next week whether weekend curfews will also remain in place.

This Friday and Saturday night, the curfew from 22:00 to 5:00 still has to be observed.

The government decided that, contrary to the plan announced on Tuesday, pupils in years 1-2 will not return to school next week and will continue to learn remotely.

Economics Minister Jānis Vitenbergs said at a press conference that a few changes would be introduced in the retail sector, with some stores will be allowed to sell a wider range of goods if they also happen to sell hygiene and grocery products. Bookstores will also be alllowed to re-open. 

A number of regulations have been imposed on borders, including a ban on 'unnecessary' travel and a ban on passenger carrier traffic to and from the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Ireland.


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