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Vaccinated people will be able to ditch masks in fixed environments

People vaccinated against Covid-19 and those who have overcome it will be able to gather more freely in a closed and controlled environment, the government decided Tuesday, May 18.

The amendments to the rules will apply to collective workspaces and meetings, arts collectives, and sports teams.

They provide that up to 20 people who have all been vaccinated or overcome Covid-19 will be able to meet in the workplace or in one room without the use of face masks and without complying with distance requirements.

The exception will apply only to permanent collectives who meet regularly and can show evidence of vaccination or having had the disease. Mouth and nose covering and distancing will continue to apply in public spaces.

Health Minister Daniels Pavluts explained at the government meeting that people who were constantly meeting in the same group would be possible to exercise suitable controls. However, if the people involved are changing, the mechanism would not work, he pointed out.

The Ministry of Health will continue to work on additional relief measures regarding those who have been vaccinated or overcome the infection. 

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