Official text of two-person, two-meter rules in English

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As previously reported by LSM, on March 29 the Latvian government again updated its emergency regulations, introducing a new 'two-person, two-meter' rule limiting public physical interactions.

The full text of the regulations has now been updated in English and is available to read online. While it is certainly worth reading, it is also quite lengthy, so we have reproduced the sections relating to the new two-person, two-meter rule below.

4.5 [a decision has been taken to] prohibit:

4.5.1 any public events  (in accordance with definition set out in the Law on Safety of Public Entertainment and Festivity Events);

4.5.2 meetings, processions and pickets (in accordance with definitions set out in the Law on Meetings, Processions, and Pickets);

4.5.3 religious activities to be carried out by assembling;

4.5.4 indoor sports activities;  

4.5.5 any private arrangements, other than the holding of funeral ceremonies outdoors, provided that the distance of two metres between persons and other epidemiological safety measures are respected;

4.5 ¹ it shall be determined that cultural, entertainment, outdoor sports and other recreational areas start work not earlier than at 8.00 and finish before 22.00;

4.5 ² The following restrictions are imposed on persons in public places:

4.5.²1 persons shall respect a distance of two metres between themselves (applies to both indoor and outdoor public spaces);

4.5.²2 persons shall comply with other specific social (physical) distancing and epidemiological safety measures (applies to indoor and outdoor public spaces and  common areas);

4.5.²3 the number of persons, which has been defined in requirements specified by the Minister for Economics in accordance with the procedures referred to in sub-paragraphs 4.22 and 4.22.¹ of this Order, may be simultaneously present at a trading venue and a public catering venue, while ensuring that the requirements laid down in sub-paragraphs 4.5.²1 and 4.5.²2 of this Order are met;

4.5.²4 Simultaneous assembly in public indoor and outdoor areas,  without respecting a distance of two meters, may be allowed for:

4.5.²4.1 not more than two persons;

4.5.²4.2 persons living in the same household;

4.5.²4.3 a parent and his/her minor children, if they do not live in the same household;

4.5.²4.4  persons preforming work or official duties;

In addition, here are the rules applying to people who have recently entered Latvia from another country.

4.12.1 persons returning from abroad should: go into self-isolation at home for 14 days. Persons in self-isolation should stay at home and keep away from workplace, social spaces, public places and other mass venues; monitor their health for 14 days and measure body temperature twice a day (in the morning and at night); in case of symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, high body temperature (fever), shortness of breath), immediately call 113 or 8303; reduce the risk of infecting others by minimising direct contact with others (no guests, no private appointments, etc.) and avoiding public transport as much as possible; choose one of the following options to get essential products and food: home delivery – avoid any contact with deliveryman; food and essential goods delivery by relatives – all items are left by the front door; if there are no other options, use face mask and keep at least 2m distance between themselves and other shoppers and shop staff, choose the time when there are as few shoppers as possible and practice good hygiene (for example, handwashing, when coughing);

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