Police record 14 cases of breaching emergency measures

In the last 24 hours, the Latvian State Police have recorded 14 instances where emergency measures concerning the novel coronavirus have been violated.

The police told LETA news agency March 16 that a total 376 checks were carried out in the last 24 hours with 14 violations discovered.

The police is to evaluate individual responsibility in each case but police rep Simona Grāvīte stresses that the authorities aim to boost public security, not simply dole out punishment. 

Violations of the emergency measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus can be fined with up to €350. Both municipal and state police are to step up monitoring public spaces.

Also on March 16 it was announced that stores will have to ensure a distance of at least two meters between customers, though more details are to be announced March 17, Zaiga Liepiņa, a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Economics, told Latvian Radio. 

Current emergency measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus include limiting the opening hours of cultural, entertainment, sports, and recreational venues to no later than 23.00. Ad hoc gatherings at any particular venue are capped at fifty people.

In addition the Rīga Municipality ruled on March 13 that all public gatherings are banned. 

March 13 saw a raft of sweeping measures introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as much as possible, with further measures including international travel restrictions announced March 15, as previously reported by LSM.

The full rules and regulations are available to read online in English, and all members of the public are urged to read them and comply in a spirit of solidarity. Social interactions are to be reduced to a minimum and frequent and careful hand-washing is urged in a policy characterized as "social distancing".

Relevant information in English is also available at the website of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

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