New state of emergency in force from today in Latvia

As previously reported by LSM, from November 9 a new state of emergency is officially in effect, bringing with it stricter epidemiological safeguards in various spheres.

The state of emergency remains in force until December 6. As one of the main areas affected will be daily shopping habits, here is a brief reminder of the main changes.

In order to reduce crowding in retail outlets, the maximum number of people in retail premises will be reduced so that at least 10 m2 of space must be per visitor must be provided at the point of sale (currently 3 m2 per visitor). Vendors must indicate at the entrance to the store, including in foreign languages, the maximum number of people that can be present inside at the same time.

Also, from November 9 of this year, the operation of shopping centers will be restricted on weekends and holidays. On weekends and public holidays, only the following types of store will be able to operate in shopping centers will be able to operate:

  • grocery stores,

  • pharmacies (including veterinary pharmacies),

  • optical stores,

  • animal food stores,

  • bookstores,

  • press outlets,

  • hygiene and household goods stores,

  • retailers of telecommunications goods and services,

  • delivery of goods purchased in online stores. 

Shopping centers are  defined as buildings arranged for trade with a total area of ​​at least 10,000 m2 or in which at least 10 trade participants or service providers operate.

Also, mouth and nose masks must be used in outdoor markets as well as indoor stores.

Existing safety measures also remain in force at points of man:

  • the use of mouth and nose masks is compulsory for both shop visitors and staff, 

  • observe physical distancing of 2 meters, 

  • informing visitors about precautionary requirements, 

  • adherence to enhanced hygiene,

  • monitoring the health status of employees. 

More information about the state of emergency is available at the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

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