Riga

Latvia eases Covid-19 restrictions

22 Jul 2021
Riding a wave of vaccination successes, the Latvian government has begun gradually lifting its State of Emergency, which took effect on November 9, 2020. The wearing of face masks in most indoor public places and all public transport is still in effect, but all shops and shopping centres are now permitted to operate and restaurants and bars are allowed to serve food and drink on outdoor terraces until midnight. As of June 16, people who can prove that they are fully vaccinated with an EU digital Covid-19 certificate can also eat indoors at pubs and cafes and attend pared down public events including sports, theatre and opera. Museums have also re-opened, but can only accommodate a limited number of visitors, so it's best to reserve a time if you're starved for a little art and culture. Nature trails at national parks are also available to the public. Beauty salons, gyms, tattoo parlours, etc. are also permitted to open. If you are travelling to Latvia you must first fill out a form online that indicates your vaccination status. Since the pandemic began, there have been 138,300 reported Covid-19 infections in the country and 2,550 deaths. 135,168 patients have recovered from the virus. It has also been widely reported that in addition to a number of mass vaccination centres, pop-health points providing free jabs will also open soon at selected shopping centres.
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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