Stay safe during Midsummer in Latvia

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Year after year, Midsummer in Latvia comes with festivities and, sadly, additional dangers - from reckless drivers to midnight swimmers. This year, the pandemic has imposed extra precautions and restrictions on celebration. State Chancery and ministries explain how to celebrate safely this year.

How many people can gather?

At public events, up to 100 people may be gathered indoors, up to 300 people outdoors, 2 m distance and 4 square metres space per person must be observed.

For example, when celebrating in a guesthouse, people who are not from a single household should comply with 2-metre distancing, hand hygiene and other safety measures. If guests who are not from your household are attending the celebration, the assembly limits (up to 100 persons in the premises, up to 300 outdoors) must be observed.

Those restrictions don't apply to private events in a private location, such as own garden.

Where possible, two metres of physical distance must be observed.

Occasions where the 2 meter distance may be overlooked:

  • not more than two persons are present;
  • persons are living in the same household;
  • a parent and their underage children if they don't live in the same household.

How long can festivities last?

  • Concerts, sports and entertainment sites may be open from 6:30 to 24:00.
  • Open-air cinema and catering shall be over by 2:00.
  • Public events may take place until 24:00, while private occasions do not have a time limit.

But, for example, celebration at a guesthouse is an organized entertainment event (a private event in a public place) and is subject to all restrictions related to the organisation and assembly of the event, including the time limit of 24:00.

Until now, one of the most visited Midsummer events was in Riga, on the bank of River Daugava. This year, there will be no celebrating, and instead the capital offers exhibitions, remote concerts, markets where all precautions can be observed.

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