Due to a worrying surge in coronavirus cases, the Latvian government announced a new State of Emergency, which took effect on November 9, 2020. Unfortunately, these measures were unable to contain the pandemic, so more drastic restrictions have come into effect and will last until at least April 6. In addition to the usual measures that have been enacted to curb the spread of Covid-19, including the wearing of face masks in all indoor public places, only shops selling groceries and other necessary items are permitted to operate. Wearing a mask is now also mandatory in all public transport including for children from age 7. Restaurants and bars that choose to remain open can only offer takeaway food and drinks. Private events can only take place for members of one household. Public events including sports, theatre and opera have all been cancelled. Essentially, only supermarkets, pharmacies, opticians and petrol stations are available, but the original ban on the sale of alcohol or cigarettes on Saturdays and Sundays has been lifted. Although cinemas, libraries and art galleries are closed , museums that offer exhibitions outdoors can remain open, but to a limited number of visitors. Nature trails at national parks are also available to the public. Anything not deemed essential, such as beauty salons, gyms, tattoo parlours, etc. are closed. Since the pandemic began, there have been 90,997 reported Covid-19 infections in the country and 1,705 deaths. 80,247 patients have recovered from the virus. Thankfully, shipments of the Pfizer-Biontech and AstraZeneca vaccines have been received in Latvia, but the rollout has been slow.
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.