Watchdog to ask €1.6m in support for commercial media
Latvia's broadcast watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has prepared a policy document that asks for about €1.6 million in support for commercial media, which are seeing huge losses in advertising revenue during the Covid-19 crisis.
Epidemiologist: no need to increase Covid-19 restrictions
The currently implemented social distancing measures are having the necessary mitigating effect on the spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, so from an epidemiological perspective there's no need to increase the restrictions, according to Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) Infectious Disease Risk Analysis and Prevention Department Director Jurijs Perevoščikovs speaking on LTV April 6.
President Levits thanks NATO troops on alliance's birthday
Latvian President Egils Levits delivered a special message to NATO personnel April 4, marking the 71st birthday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in which he thanked them for their contribution to Latvia's security. You can read the text below and see him deliver the mesage in English above.  
Virtual three for the weekend in Latvia: Music, bar crawl and brain training
The social distancing and self-isolation continues, but that doesn't mean your only option for weekend activity is (decreased quality) Netflix and chill. Everyone is adapting to the new normal as the government mulls over extending emergency measures - the Culture Ministry has created a calendar of over 100 online events, and LSM.lv has released a downloadable calendar of children's activities for every day in April. Check out our picks for making the most of the weekend downtime!
Government wants extra flexibility on state of emergency rules
At an extraordinary meeting on April 3, the government supported an amendment to the Law on Emergency Situation and State of Exception, which gives the Cabinet of Ministers a right to extend a state of emergency several times, reported the LETA newswire.
Animal shelter faces uncertain future
The crisis brought on by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has also hit the Ulubele animal shelter, which is in desperate need of financing in order to continue operations, according to shelter manager Ilze Džonsone.
Covid-19 recovery and self-isolation statistics
Of those in Latvia infected by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, around 30 have already recovered, while at least 2,200 residents remain under self-isolation, according to Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) expert Jurijs Perevoščikovs on March 31.
TV channels to switch to educational content
As of April 6, television channels ReTV and Sportacentrs.com will broadcast content for schoolchildren and become educational channels under the Tava Klase (Your Class) banner, Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) told reporters March 31.
Breaking quarantine conditions will result in big fines
From now on, the penalty for non-compliance with compulsory emergency epidemiological requirements will be up to EUR 2,000 for natural persons and up to EUR 5,000 for legal entities, the Latvian government decided on Tuesday, March 31.
Schools unlikely to reopen this semester
Schools are unlikely to reopen for the rest of the spring semester, but the length of the school year isn't likely to be extended either, according to Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) on March 31.
Six funeral home employees mysteriously contract Covid-19
Six employees of the Jelgava funeral home Velis-A were found to have contracted the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, according to the company's board chair Aldis Knāviņš, who himself had also tested positive for the virus, on March 30.
President Levits urges support for media during crisis
President of Latvia Egils Levits has drawn attention to the need to support credible media outlets through the crisis and underlined the importance of a professionally-maintained information space to give the public access to information that can help them make choices about their behavior.