National Guard helping police enforce lockdown

From October 21, at the request of the Ministry of the Interior, the Latvian National Guard is providing support to the State Police to help monitor compliance with lockdown intended to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia.

Every evening until November 15, guards and soldiers from the 1st Riga Brigade, the 2nd Vidzeme Brigade, the 3rd Latgale Brigade and the 4th Kurzeme Brigade of the National Guard, as well as soldiers from the professional service units of the National Armed Forces will be involved in providing support to the State Police, the Ministry of Defense confirmed.

The National Guard Law stipulates that one of the tasks of the National Guard is to provide support to state and local government institutions in preventing violations of the law, guaranteeing public order and security.

It has already been the case that from October 16, at the request of the Ministry of Health, the National Armed Forces will also provide support to Covid-19 vaccination centers in Riga and regions by organizing the flow of visitors before and after vaccination.

Additionally, from October 25 to December 31, at the request of the Ministry of Health, the National Armed Forces will provide the necessary personnel and vehicles for the establishment of mobile off-site vaccination points to facilitate the vaccination of the population in the regions of Latvia.

The National Armed Forces will provide ten minibuses for the establishment of mobile vaccination points, each attracting two professional soldiers or land guards.

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