Restrictions to be eased from March 1 in Latvia

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From March 1, restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19 will be significantly loosened in Latvia, including no longer requiring Covid-19 certificates to visit shops, some opening up of the hospitality and entertainment sectors, and removing working hours time limits, the government decided February 15.

Starting March 1, the requirement to present Covid certificates in order to go into most shops will no longer be in force. Instead, shops will have to provide 15 square meters of space per visitor.

However, the requirement to present a certificate will be maintained at public events in areas and services where there is a higher risk for Covid-19: entertainment events, disco, dance clubs, gambling, sports, beauty services, well-being services, and public catering services.

The current working time limit from 06:00 to 23:00 in retail and services will be lifted. 

As of March 1, sectors that have been restricted, such as nightclubs and entertainment activities, will also resume their work. These activities will be able to take place in an epidemiologically safe environment where the service recipient and the service provider will both have to hold a Covid-19 certificate.

The government also decided that at most workplaces, employees would still have to hold a certificate, whereas children and minors would not have to present certificates in public places. More significant loosening of restrictions is expected April 1, provided the epidemiological situation does not significantly deteriorate before then.


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