Groceries – supermarkets are open and some also offer special shopping hour for seniors and others who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus (usually 08:00 - 10:00). Greta Thunberg might not approve, but plastic gloves are also provided when entering each Rimi supermarket. They also have a delivery service, but bear in mind that it could take days, perhaps even longer, to receive your groceries. The Maxima supermarket chain also has a delivery service available in English.
Meals – our favourite BBQ restaurant has created its own delivery service, so you can order their delicious ribs, steaks and burgers as well as their daily special and have them delivered to your door. It is currently only available in Latvian but the pictures pretty much make it self-explanatory. There are also two major delivery services for restaurants: Bolt and Wolt.
Beer & Alcohol – although not necessarily an absolute must to survive, local craft brewer Labietis has created a delivery service for their highly-acclaimed brews and so has Ziemeļu Enkurs (send them a message on their Facebook page or call tel. 27 53 24 77). You can also order beer for delivery from local craft brew shop Lauvas Alus. The huge alcohol warehouse Spirits & Wine has also started its own delivery service as a result of the pandemic. Alcohol deliveries to private citizens were prohibited before Covid-19, but the Latvian government has apparently decided that the risk of cabin fever was too great without a beer or a glass of chardonnay. Finally, we also have good news for wine connoisseurs. The French wine boutique Ervins & Filles has also begun delivering it fine wines and Champagne to locations within Riga. Contact the father and son team for prices and availability at email@example.com (minimum order €30) or message them on Facebook.