Saeima approves relaxed restrictions in Latvia

Saeima approved government decision on relaxing Covid-19 restrictions, it was reported in a news release on May 28.

The relaxations as of June 1 include:

  • children's camps will be able to resume if they do not coincide with the overall learning process;
  • examinations will take place on-site;
  • a two-meter distance has been cancelled in professional sport, except for fighting sports which are still not permitted;
  • amateur creative groups will be able to resume activity following the 25-person assembly rule and two-meter distance.

It is permitted to resume organized artistic collective activity - choirs, dance groups, instrumental and vocal ensembles, amateur theaters, folklore group and other arts collectives indoors and outdoors, strictly observing sanitary requirements issued by the Culture Ministry.

The Ministry of Education will prepare a sanitary protocol for organization of camps and examinations.

Entry tests for basic education, secondary and tertiary education, as well as adult learning and interest education and vocational education are permitted. 

Deputy Julija Stepanenko questioned why the government would not open children's entertainment sites and concerns were voiced that there would be unequal conditions for different businesses. She called on the government that children's entertainment field is overly restricted.

The decision was made with 83 votes for, 3 against, 1 abstained.

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