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Three principles to live by during pandemic in Latvia

During an emergency, every resident of Latvia has to respect three basic principles so that the COVID-19 virus can be conquered, State Chancellery head Jānis Citskovskis said at a press conference December 2.

The principles outlined by State Chancellery are:

1. Don't gather, keep distance.

Citskovskis explained that the Cabinet (MK) wanted to stop people gathering. The “2+2” principle is set - two meters, two people. It means  a distance of two meters must be observed and meetings must be limited to two people. 

2. Protect yourself and fellow people.

Similarly, the rules are designed to prevent persons with any symptoms of respiratory diseases from visiting public places or contacting other people. Citskovskis noted that working remotely was strongly recommended, and reminded that face masks should be worn everywhere.

3. Strictly assess risks.

MK calls for an evaluation of the need for any services. “Every appointment is an unnecessary risk,” Citskovskis said.

The head of the chancellery noted: “The government's new approach means consistent, levelled rules aimed at reducing COVID-19 spread in a short, intense time period. This is the last moment we can continue to provide other health services that are already getting more limited.”

Citskovskis called on people to follow these principles until the end of the emergency, namely January 11, next year. This includes Christmas and New Year celebrations.

He also pointed out that there would be tighter controls on national borders.

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