Among other things, the measures implemented on March 14 restrict the organization of public events and impose self-isolation measures for all those returning from abroad. Meanwhile social networks have been full of posts reporting people violating these measures, with even medical doctors complaining of patients lying to them.
“We understand that this isn't a time where someone else is going to decide what to do in our place. Egoism, or recklessness or intentional malice have no place in such a situation,” said Children's Clinical University Hospital Board Member Zane Straume.
According to State Police representative Simona Grāvīte, if we have evidence of a violation, we should call 110 - the 24-hour State Police helpline. “The more specific information you have, the better,” said Grāvīte. According to the State Police on March 18, they have already documented 28 violations of the emergency measures. Fines can range up to 350 euros, or even jail time for intentionally putting society in danger.
On March 19 Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For) also urged people to carefully evaluate information regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Grāvīte confirmed that authorities are monitoring the situation to minimize the spread of fake news. Each situation is individually evaluated, but those spreading false claims could be charged with hooliganism or disturbance of public order. If you notice such harmful fake news write to [email protected].
“I wish everyone good health, I wish that everyone will observe responsibility, and to observe all measures related to this emergency situation. And in that case we will quickly, or at least more quickly, get out of this emergency situation,” said President Egils Levits in a March 17 address.