Two Latvian cities face local COVID-19 restrictions

Due to a rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Latvian cities Daugavpils and Kuldīga, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Radio September 30 that additional local restrictions were being introduced.

Minister Viņķele said: 

"In two days, more than 1,600 people have been tested in Kuldīga. The good news is that only 17 tests were positive. (...) The second good news is that these outbreaks are localized - in Kuldīga and Daugavpils. In Daugavpils, it is a sports team. The third [place] with an increased number is Olaine.

What experts suggest and what I will encourage the Prime Minister to do, is setting up special restrictions locally in these two towns, Kuldīga and Daugavpils.

The restrictions will remain in place for two weeks, and they would include extra-curricular activities, public catering, assembly, and masks in public transport."

The Minister did not mention any additional state-wide restrictions.

Later on Tuesday, September 30, the government confirmed the measures for both cities, which will come into  effect from October 1 until October 14. 

It will be mandatory for persons to use mouth and nose coverings when using public transport, as well as in public interior spaces, where it is not possible to ensure a distance of two meters (except in educational institutions).

No more than 500 people may be indoors at any place where an event or economic service is provided.

Catering establishments such as cafes, restaurants and bars may be open from 06.00 to 24.00;

Events without fixed personalized seating must not be organized or held indoors. This means that theater performances, concerts, film screenings and conferences can take place, but not discos and other events without specific seating.

In addition, there will the the temporary suspension of face-to-face activities such as theatrical or choir rehearsals, sports and educational training.

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