Restrictions to be loosened for Covid certificate holders as of November 15

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As of November 15, those who hold a vaccination or recovery certificate will be able to return to life in the “green mode”, while persons without a Covid-19 certificate will only have access to basic services, the government decided November 9. 

The measures are in line with the government's previous signals regarding the post-lockdown conditions of life in Latvia.

Everyone will have access to services related to the provision of human rights and public security. These will include food stores, postal services, food ordering for takeaway, public transport, financial services, repair and maintenance services, telecommunications services. Photo and accommodation services will also be available within one household.

  • Persons without a Covid-19 certificate will be able to visit shops of not more than 1,500 square meters. All will have access to small grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores, hygiene stores, press vendors, and gas stations. Persons with a Covid-19 certificate will be able to access all shops, but only first-necessity stores (like grocery stores) will be allowed to work on weekends and holidays. 
  • A maximum of 500 people will be able to gather at public events. 
  • In churches and other religious sites, gatherings will take place in the “green mode”. Individual religious sites will be open to visits by anyone, but the visit will not be allowed to take more than 15 minutes.
  • As of November 15, all pupils will study onsite. Adult education will only take place in the “green mode” with certificates, and camps will be banned.
  • Sporting events are planned only in the “green mode”, with the exception of international competitions, where a testing certificate will also be valid.

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a press briefing after the government meeting that the lockdown had brought the expected results, therefore, the government could decide on returning to a similar regime to what was in place in early October. 

"Thanks to our shared solidarity, we have managed to slow the 'run' of the virus. [...] But we must be aware that the spread of the disease is still at a much higher level than it was at the worst moment of last winter," said Pavļuts.

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš thanked everyone who had vaccinated and encouraged others to do so. "We do not have any sort of freedom yet, we still have so many unvaccinated people that we will still need restrictions for the foreseeable future," said the Prime Minister.

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