Saeima approves government's latest emergency measures

At an extraordinary sitting on Thursday, April 16, the Saeima approved the decisions taken by the government in connection with the state of emergency announced with the aim of restricting the spread of Covid-19.

With amendments to the order of the Cabinet of Ministers, the emergency situation in the entire territory of the state has been extended until 12 May 2020, the Saeima press service reported.

The Saeima sitting took place under lockdown conditions, with deputies distributed throughout various rooms within the Saeima building complex.

During an emergency, any private event is prohibited, except for holding funeral ceremonies outdoors. The amendments also provide, as an exception, for the holding of baptismal ceremonies in urgent cases, provided that the distance of two meters between persons and other epidemiological safety rules are observed.

The regulations also allow citizens of the European Union, as well as persons permanently residing in EU countries, to cross the territory of the Republic of Latvia once in order to return to their country of residence.

The changes also confirm that Lithuanian and Estonian citizens who enter the territory of Latvia specifically to perform work duties will not have to go into immediate quarantine, but outside working hours, these persons must ensure self-isolation, monitor their state of health (twice a day - morning and evening - by measuring body temperature) and comply with other requirements applicable to persons coming from abroad.

The state police and municipal police have the right to check up on persons who have been confirmed with a diagnosis of Covid-19 and persons designated by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control as contact persons for Covid-19 infectious disease, as well as the right to forcibly transfer them to quarantine or their place of residence if necessary.

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