the government extended the restrictions for another two weeks


Thus, the curfew (or, as the government calls it, “domesticity“) – a ban on movement unless absolutely necessary in the period from 22:00 to 5:00, Latvians will have to observe not only this weekend, from 22 to 24 January, but also from 29 to 31 January and from 5 to 7 February.

During curfew, you can only leave your home in an emergency. You need to have a passport or ID-card with you, confirmation of the reasons for moving, indicating the address of the place of residence and destination.

Restrictions on movement during set hours do not apply to people who go to work, duty station and back home, perform work and official duties. This requirement also does not apply if you need to receive medical assistance, veterinary assistance or visit a 24-hour pharmacy. However, please note that you need to have a completed confirmation of their intentionswhich can be downloaded by this link.

Manicure, haircut and piercing are prohibited

Pharmacies, optics stores and gas stations can continue to trade intramurally until February 7. Separate trading places selling authorized goods will be able to work. The rest of the restrictions on face-to-face trading will remain in effect. The full range of products will still be available online.

The stores will sell tights, socks, elastic socks, scarves, shawls, handkerchiefs, hats, gloves, surface cleaning products, shovels and scoops, electrical appliances for space heating and parchment paper.

You can also buy fuel, gas cylinders, candles, matches, coffins, envelopes, paper packaging, household cleaners, stoves, locks, boilers, heaters, telephones, light bulbs, orthopedic supplies, hearing aids, and lighters.

On curfew days, shops, food service and service industries must close by 9:00 pm to ensure workers can get home on time.

The opening hours of gas stations and emergency utilities are not limited.

In the next two weeks, the provision of beauty, piercing and tattooing services, as well as indoor sports equipment and in-person photography (with the exception of photographing for documents), as well as in-person household services related to entertainment, will continue to be prohibited.

The possibility of mitigating measures will be determined by the “traffic light”

In the future, the Ministry of Health in assessing further restrictions will be based on the so-called “traffic light principle”. This means that the restrictions can be relaxed if the two-week incidence is no more than 200 new cases per 100,000 people.

“Traffic light” will work as follows:

  • “Red light” is a very high risk situation, with two-week incidence above the EU average. Latvia is now in this phase.
  • Orange light is a high-risk situation, with a two-week incidence of no more than 200 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Restrictions can be relaxed.
  • “Yellow light” – a situation of medium risk, experts continue discussions about what rate of incidence may correspond to this phase.
  • Green light – there were less than 20 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks. This will remove all significant restrictions.

Entry to Latvia from Monday – only with PCR test

Starting next Monday, January 25, all persons arriving in Latvia to undergo border control must present a negative test result for Covid-19, made using only one, internationally recognized most accurate method. It must be done no later than 72 hours before check-out.

Thus, only tests performed by PCR (polymerase chain reaction) will be considered valid. In turn, persons who have been ill with Covid-19 over the past three months will have to provide a certificate from a doctor that they are not carriers of the coronavirus.

Junior classes will go to the “remote”

From Monday, January 25th, elementary school will resume, but until February 7th, it will be held remotely. This is necessary in order to improve the epidemiological situation in the country. Distance learning will continue for students in grades 7-12 and students in vocational schools.


Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by gorod.lv.

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