Riga

Covid-19: Latvia on lockdown

06 Apr 2020
Latvia is on lockdown. The government has announced a state of emergency throughout the nation and sweeping changes have been announced that have impacted daily life. Schools, universities and museums are closed and many government institutions are now working on a skeleton crew. Nightclubs, entertainment centres and fitness clubs have also been closed, but currently quite a few restaurants and bars are still open providing they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Shopping malls are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but supermarkets, pharmacies and opticians are allowed to remain open within these centres. All events and concerts have also been banned and Lutheran and Catholic churches have cancelled scheduled services for now. All commercial international transportation for passengers has been suspended including buses, ferries, planes and trains. For the first time since becoming members of the Schengen zone, neighbouring Lithuania and Estonia have reinstituted border controls. Social distancing rules are also being enforced, so bear in mind that you must keep a distance of 2m from all people except members of your own household. Groups of more than 2 people who are not family members can be fined hundreds of euros by the police. As of April 6, 2020, there are 542 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 we recommend you visit eng.lsm.lv. Stay safe and, if possible, stay at home.

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