Police have so far started over 600 cases on COVID rule breaching

State and municipal police have so far carried out 19,006 inspections and initiated 609 administrative cases on non-compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, Latvian Television reported December 1. 

Of the 609 administrative cases 221 are for non-use of a face mask, 205 for not completing the covidpass.lv questionnaire when crossing the border, 57 for non-compliance with self-isolation, 40 for celebrations with more than ten people, 26 for non-compliance with the requirements of distance, 60 for other offences.

Penalties of up to €2,000 may be applied for violation of epidemiological rules, but in practice the police warn and explain more. Fines are rare and relatively small.

“Administrative penalties are imposed for non-compliance. Fines in terms of money can range from €10 for a natural person to up to €2,000. For a legal person up to €5,000. Regarding penalties for individuals, we will go over the top and [fines] will not be disproportionately large. Depends on the specific situation. At least, when reviewed now, they mostly ranged between €10 to €100,” said Deins Millers, chief specialist of the Riga municipal police prevention, coordination and statistics department.

“It happens that someone says “I'm sorry, I forgot” and puts on [the mask] straight away. Let us say, there are very rare cases where a person is immediately defiant with the police,” Millers said.

Municipal police currently have enough resources, Millers said.

 

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