Latvian State Police log more than 1,000 instances of breaking pandemic regulations

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Latvian State Police said December 7 that in the month since the declaration of the latest state of emergency, the State Police has initiated a total of 1,168 administrative violation proceedings, for failures in compliance with epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection.

The largest number of proceedings were initiated for non-completion of the electronic  travel questionnaire by arrivals into the country - a total of 469 infringements.

Another 78 proceedings were initiated for non-compliance with self-isolation, 387 proceedings for non-use of facemasks, and 27 proceedings for non-compliance with distancing requirements. Also, 126 administrative infringement proceedings were opened for the participation of more than ten persons in a private event, 8 proceedings for the participation of more than 50 persons in meetings, pickets and marches, and 73 proceedings for other cases, such as the provision of on-site catering services.

During the month the State Police and municipal police have performed 29,073 preventive inspections and responded to 704 calls. On 1,670 occasions police officers have given preventive instructions to members of the public.

"As we have said before, the aim of the police in carrying out such inspections is not to punish, but to explain and promote awareness of the emergency in a preventive manner, as well as to ensure that citizens behave responsibly and respect the established restrictions. Therefore, in most cases, police officers have given preventive instructions or verbal warnings when possible violations are detected," State Police said.

"At present, the incidence of Covid-19 in Latvia is still growing rapidly, so it is especially important to follow the established restrictions and safety measures to reduce the spread of the disease. The State Police calls on the population to be responsible - not to gather, to use face and mouth covers, as well as not to visit public places unnecessarily. Because only by following the set restrictions and safety measures, you can protect not only yourself, but also your loved ones and people around you."

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