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Face masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors in Latvia

Given that the spread of Covid-19 is declining, the government on Tuesday, June 15, supported a proposal by the Ministry of Health (VM) to remove the requirements for the use of mouth and nose covers in outdoor areas where there is an intensive flow of people.

Masks will still have to be used indoors and in public transport.

This means that in street markets, fairs, outdoor catering, educational establishments, events, campaigns, outdoor services, children's camps and similar events there will no longer be mandatory use of mouth-and-nose covers, according to the amendment to the rules.

Of course, while no longer mandatory, people can continue to use masks if they wish.

The government also decided to increase the permissible public transport capacity from the current 50% to 65%. In regional transport with stops, this rate will be 70%.

The changes enter into force June 16.

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