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Restaurants hunt for staff after downtime
While it is customary that at the beginning of summer owners of restaurants and bars face a labor shortage with the opening of terraces, this year has turned out to be a whole hunt for employees, Latvian Radio reported June 10.
Shopping malls turn to Constitutional Court
Latvia's largest shopping centers have prepared applications for the Constitutional Court in regard to prohibition to work, the Real Estate Developers Alliance (NĪAA) said May 27.
Startup seminar to take place June 3
The Latvian Start-up Association "Startin.LV" and the Ministry of Economics is organizing an online webinar designed to attract new businesses to the country.
Street sales are temporary 'stitches' for business, economists say
Because of restrictions on retailing, with large shopping centers still closed, the culture of fairs and markets is booming. Can street trading be a successful business or is it just a way of treading water during the Covid-19 era? Latvian Radio spoke to vendors and economists May 20.
Future Hub Demo Day will be online May 19
Sustainability open innovation accelerator Future Hub is marking the end of its first program with a special online Demo Day on May 19 to which everyone is invited.
Hungry customers book tables at outdoor cafes
Before outdoor terraces of catering establishments have even been opened, tables have been booked in advance, Santa Graikste, executive director of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants told Latvian Radio May 7.
Castles and manors try to adapt to pandemic-era tourist trade
The pandemic has hit the cultural and entertainment sector hard, just as it has hit most other sectors. Therefore, new ways are being sought to allow tourists and others to spend time safely in these conditions at historic buildings. Representatives of several Latvian castles and manors are reorienting their cultural and entertainment offers by taking them outdoors. However, other cultural and historical sites have been forced closed to their doors to visitors.
Liepāja steelworks site faces new ownership wrangle
Latvian Television reported April 30 on new developments regarding the future ownership of the former Liepājas metalurgs steelworks in Liepāja, which has already been the subject of numerous legal wrangles and controversies.
'Relocation Guide to Latvia' published
The Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) has published what it calls a “Relocation Guide to Latvia”, which features all the basics of moving to Latvia and everyday living for businesses and individuals alike. 
Fuel company Virši plans IPO later this year
Virši (AS Virši-A), a fuel and energy trader in Latvia, announced plans April 28 to raise capital via an initial public offering (IPO) and listing its shares on the Nasdaq Baltic First North market in the second half of 2021.
More than a virus: pandemic and online security in the Baltic states
The Covid-19 pandemic has not only an impact on business and economy but also reshaped cyberspace. The increased use of digital technologies has become the “new normal“ in many organisations. This has created security blindspots for malicious actors that have set their sights also on the Baltics.
Smaller stores can re-open from April 7
After the easter holidays, from April 7, most smaller retail stores will be able to resume in-person trading, but large shopping malls will still have restrictions in place and only certain stores will be able to work in them, the government agreed on Thursday, April 1. 

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