Latvian government approves exemptions for vaccinated people

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The risk of getting Covid-19 for vaccinated people and those who have had the virus and recovered is low enough to allow them exemptions from some safety rules, the Latvian government decided May 27.

What changes will apply for vaccinated people and former Covid-19 patients?

If the service provider is vaccinated against or had Covid-19 within the last half-year, the individual provision of all kinds of beauty services, sports equipment rentals and photo services, as well as personal business services related to entertainment and well-being, starting June 1, will be permitted. This means that only the service provider and one customer or one household are in the room. In this case, customers do not have to be vaccinated.

As of June 15, people who have vaccinated against or overcome Covid-19 will be able to participate in public events, visit cafes, cinema, theaters, concerts, clubs and receive other similar services without wearing face masks and ignoring a 2-meter distance. In order to provide such services, all staff must also be vaccinated or overcome Covid-19.

Similarly, people who will be vaccinated against or overcome Covid-19 will be able to visit sports centers as of June 15, both by training individually and by attending group classes. The room should not contain unvaccinated people or people who have not had Covid-19 in the last half-year.

Currently people who have been vaccinated or had Covid-19 may gather in groups up to 20 in the workplace and during collective rehearsals or sports classes without wearing face masks and not observing distance. They also do not have to perform Covid-19 routine screening tests at work. If there has been contact with Covid-19, home quarantine may be avoided (Covid-19 test should be performed within a week). Self-isolation does not have to be observed when returning to Latvia from the European Union or the European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation, as well as the United Kingdom.

How to check the fact of vaccination or illness?

As of June 1, it will be possible to obtain, electronically, a digital certificate at the website attesting to the fact of vaccination or having had Covid-19.

Consequently, service providers will also be able to verify the status through a special application with a QR code reader. As of June 15, the domestic system for verifying will be part of the common European digital green certificate system.

Who will be able to take advantage of the changes introduced?

The planned changes will apply to vaccinated people two weeks after completion of the full vaccination course or three weeks after receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine (after 90 days the second dose should be given), as well as to people who have had Covid-19 during the last half-year.

However, in order to avoid self-isolation, the person should also receive a second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine and wait for two weeks from that moment.

If a person does not have the possibility to obtain a certificate electronically, it will be issued in paper form by a medical treatment institution or one of the centers of the single State and local government customer service network.

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