New restrictions come into force today, designed to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia.
The government has decided that face masks will be mandatory in all indoor public places, including events with fixed seating, such as theaters, cinemas, etc. This means that masks will have to be used at service points in both public and municipal institutions and private companies.
The requirement to wear masks does not apply to catering establishments, such as cafes and bars, where persons eat and drink (though staff must wear masks). Also, the requirement to use masks does not apply to educational institutions. Exceptions are also situations where the use of masks is not possible, such as in swimming pools and sports or during cosmetic facial treatments.
A maximum of 10 people may be on the premises at private event venues indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors. If a private event is held in a public place, such as a restaurant, rented sauna, club, etc., then guests must be provided with fixed, personalized seating, 2 meters distance (except for persons from one household), and the event can only take place until 24.00
A maximum of 300 people will be allowed to gather indoors at public events. The event must have personalized seating and a face mask. Outside the limit is 1,000 people, provided distancing is observed.
From Monday 26 October to 15 November, work will be suspended related to children's indoor entertainment (entertainment and amusement centers, children's playrooms, trampoline parks and babysitting rooms, including shopping centers).
From October 26 to November 15, higher education study programs will takes place remotely only, except for the acquisition of the practical and clinical practice, e.g. among student doctors.
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