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Police curfew checks continued over weekend in Latvia

State Police representative Normunds Krapsis told Latvian Television February 8 the police carried out thousands more checks at the weekend as they enforced curfew regulation.

A total of around 8,000 persons were checked during the night control from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday, police said.

In all, 531 administrative violation proceedings were initiated in connection with non-compliance with the restrictions of the state of emergency. The figure was down considerably on previous weekends, most likely as a result of bitterly cold night-time temperatures making people less likely to venture outside. 

Krapsis said that police checks were also fewer, which might account for the relatively small number of curfew violators.

Under existing rules, the weekend just past is the last one scheduled with a night-time curfew in place. However, the government is due to discuss whether to continue with a weekend curfew regime at its meetings this week and may decide to impose fresh restrictions as a result.  

In Krapsis' opinion, police should stop curfew checks and instead focus on epidemiological safety control during the day.

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