Movement restrictions in Latvia are unlikely, says Health Minister

Travel restrictions around Latvia are unlikely to be imposed, said Health Minister Ilze Viņķele in an interview on Latvian Television December 14.

Latvia has the opportunity to act proactively to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks over the holidays. The government will therefore assess population mobility data and whether the existing restrictions have reduced flows of people.

“If not, we will look at what are the places where [at Christmas time] and until the end of the year additional restrictions might be imposed to keep people at home,” the minister said.

Viņķele didn't reveal any specific restrictions, but said it didn't make sense to impose restrictions that can't be controlled, including movement around Latvia.

“I'd rather say no, [movement would not be restricted],” the minister said.

She said that additional restrictions on holiday should be decided by the government on Tuesday, December 15. She said that a realistic option could be to extend school holidays by one week.

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