Over 200 offenders caught on first curfew night in Latvia

Law enforcement initiated 228 administrative infringement proceedings regarding the failure to comply with Covid-19 restrictions on the first night of curfew, State Police said October 22.

A total of 4,789 people were checked Thursday night of which 4,097 had self-certificates for being outside after curfew. In 707 cases preventive instructions were provided.

During the night, law enforcement officers did not identify any substantial offenses or gatherings but individual cases were recorded in which individuals 'blatantly' disregarded restrictions, said the police. Cases of drunk driving were also registered.

Storm force winds are likely to have persuaded many people to stay indoors, regardless of the lockdown.

The State Police will keep an eye on compliance with curfew every night between 20:00 and 5:00 until November 14. The primary purpose of the police checks is not to punish, but in cases where individuals blatantly and knowingly fail to comply with the restrictions imposed, the punishment is unavoidable: a fine of up to €2000 may be imposed on individuals for non-compliance with the emergency rules and up to €5000 for legal persons.

For urgent cases when one must be outside after curfew, a form of self-certification must be completed. 

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