According to the Speaker of the Saeima, Ināra Mūrniece (National Alliance), this solution has been accepted by law experts and epidemiologists. Mūrniece said that testing was intended to be a 'more inclusive approach', enabling all members to participate in the meeting.
If the incidence of Covid-19 increases and the 14-day cumulative index reaches a point where the Disease Prevention and Control Center deems it necessary to reinforce safety measures, Saeima will move the meetings to a remote environment, as before.
Experts surveyed by the Saeima have indicated that human rights and the Constitution do not prevent requesting a negative Covid-19 test for work in the Saeima. The Bureau has established that an absolute majority of Members have obtained a Covid-19 certificate in the last half-year. A small number of Saeima deputies will not have done so.
The Saeima meetings are scheduled to take place in person from September 2.