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Covid-19: Latvia on lockdown

27 May 2020
Latvia has been on lockdown since March 12, 2020 and this state of emergency will officially continue until June 9. Sweeping changes have been made to daily life, but on May 12, 2020, some of these restrictions were eased. However, schools and universities are still closed and many government institutions are only accepting queries from the public electronically. Currently, restaurants and bars are allowed to operate provided that they adhere to social distancing guidelines, but many are closed. Museums that can enforce social distancing rules have begun opening and shopping malls, which were obliged to close on Saturdays and Sundays, are now allowed to operate on weekends. Supermarkets, pharmacies and opticians have been permitted to remain open throughout the crisis. Hair, nail and beauty salons are open by appointment only and all large-scale events and concerts have also been banned including religious services for now. That said, up to 25 people are now permitted to congregate at one location provided that groups of 2 people remain at a distance of 2 metres from other people. Most commercial international transportation for passengers is still suspended with the exception of a few flights to Finland, Germany, Norway and the Baltic capitals. International bus, ferry and train travel is still prohibited. Social distancing rules are still being strictly enforced, so bear in mind that you must keep a distance of 2m from all people except members of your own household. Unusually, Latvia has not been a proponent of face masks, but many service and retail industry staff use them. You are, however, required to cover your mouth and nose if intend on using public transport in Riga. This can be a face mask, a scarf, etc.). As of May 27, 2020, there are 1057 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Latvia (mostly in the area in and around Riga).  Given the large number of venue closures in Riga, we encourage the foreign students and expats still living in the Latvian capital who rely on our website for up-to-date information to click on the Facebook links that we have provided next to each online review to see if the café or restaurant they’re searching for has closed or amended its opening hours. If you have decided to remain at home or are in self-isolation, local delivery services Wolt and Bolt can bring lunch or dinner directly to your door (see our home delivery feature for more options). If you have acute Covid-19 symptoms call 113 for the paramedics. For more information about Covid-19 in English click here. Stay safe and, if possible, stay at home.

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