With nationwide vaccinations at a less than stellar 51% of the population and new Covid-19 infections reaching nearly 3,000 each day, the Latvian government has begun a new State of Emergency, which took effect on October 21, 2021. The wearing of face masks in indoor public places and all public transport is still in effect and only supermarkets, opticians, pharmacies, alcohol shops and convenience stores may open their doors to the public (until 19:00). Restaurants and bars can offer food and drink for takeaway as long as they like, but only people with a valid reason may be out in public from 20:00 - 05:00. This includes food delivery personnel. You can, however, call a cab for emergencies or if you need to get to the airport for a flight. All public events including sports, cinema, theatre and opera have been cancelled and all museums and galleries are closed. Likewise, beauty salons, gyms, tattoo parlours, etc. are also closed. Although we don't recommend a trip to Latvia at least until the lockdown is scheduled to be lifted on November 14, 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 194,256 reported Covid-19 infections in the country and 2,967 deaths. Pop-up vaccination points providing free jabs have also opened at selected shopping centres. For more information about restrictions, vaccinations and Covid-19 testing visit covid19.gov.lv/en.
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.