Covid-19: Latvia's lockdown is lifted

20 Jul 2020
UPDATE: Due to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases in Latvia, the government has reinstated certain measures to curb the spread of the virus. As of July 11, bars and restaurants may only operate until midnight and no more than 4 people may be seated at a table indoors (8 people outdoors). A distance of at least 2m must be available between tables.  At events, no more than 100 people may congregate indoors or 1,000 outdoors.  Although not strictly mandated, WE recommend that you wear a mask at locations where you expect many people to be, such as shopping malls, markets, etc. 
Latvia declared a state of emergency to protect its citizens from Covid-19 on March 12, 2020. For nearly three months, the nation plunged itself into self-isolation, closing its borders to all foreign travellers as it imposed a whole slew of new laws regulating where its citizens could congregate, if at all, and which businesses were allowed to operate. However, as of July 1, most of these restrictions have been lifted. People are still encouraged to keep a distance of at least 2m from people outside of their households, but many regulations imposed on restaurants and bars have been eased as Latvia has seen its already low coronavirus infections dramatically decrease. Restaurants and bars can now operate until 02:00 and can seat four people at one table indoors or eight people to a table outdoors. Casinos are also allowed to open their doors and people can once again engage in team sports if no more than 30 people are playing. Cinemas have also opened, but must adhere to strict guidelines. Concerts and events can once again take place, but with a maximum number of 100 people indoors or 500 if the venue is larger than 1,000m2. Outdoor events can be held for up to 1,000 people. When using public transport, you are no longer required to cover your nose and mouth with a mask or scarf, but we recommend that you do. Thankfully, the government has permitted shops to continue selling alcoholic beverages online and they may also deliver them. Riga’s airport has begun receiving flights from most European nations and ferry traffic to Finland and Germany has also resumed. International bus and train travel is now permitted. See our travel feature for more details. As of July 8, 2020, there have been 1192 reported Covid-19 infections in the country and 31 deaths. 1022 patients have recovered from the virus.
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.


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