The government has decided to keep in place and consolidate various epidemiological safety measures.
- Beginning 2 June, up to ten people from two households may meet indoors, and 20 people are allowed to meet together outdoors.
- People from different households may gather at funerals and baptisms so long as they observe restrictions on the total number of people present – and that means no more than ten people indoors and no more than 20 people outdoors.
- Up to ten people from two households may gather for commemorative events in cemeteries at their family graves.
- The open-air areas of museums and nature trails are open for visitors, and they must observe the epidemiological safety requirements.
- Individual visits are permitted to libraries, museums and cultural sites and facilities so long as security regulations are observed, and this includes registering for the visit in advance and filling in a questionnaire during the actual visit.
- At places of religious worship, no more than 20 % of the maximum allowed number of people may gather at one time.
- Beauty salons are open for business and people can get haircuts, manicures, and pedicures.
- Shopping must be done individually, with the exception of children up to 12 years in age and individuals with special needs who require assistance. People violating epidemiological safety requirements shall be denied service. Information on the number of customers permitted at any one time shall be posted so that it is clearly visible at the entrance of the store.
Special exemptions now apply to vaccinated persons and those who have recovered from COVID-19
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved easing the health and safety rules for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 or have been vaccinated.
From 18 May, up to 20 Individuals who have either received the full course of COVID-19 vaccine or who have recovered from the coronavirus, may now assemble indoors or outdoors without a face covering and without applying the two-metre social distancing rule – this rule pertains to members of the staff at places of work, to art students and amateur artists who have gathered for artistic purposes, and to athletes engaged in sports activities.
This exemption only applies to people who are members of one group or collective enterprise which has been established for an extended period of time and who are each able to provide documentation certifying that they are fully vaccinated or have fallen sick and recovered. As of 15 June, verification of vaccination will be available through the EU’s digital green certificate.
Beginning on June 1, a national-level digital certificate (QR code) must be presented each time it is necessary to confirm and verify vaccination for COVID-19, recovery from it, or test results. The certificate can be downloaded from the www.covid19sertifikats.lv website. Municipal customer service centres offer printed versions of the certificate. The site “Latvija.lv” provides secure access to the digital certificate which confirms a person’s vaccination status.
From 1 June, providers of individual services who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 can be working face-to-face. All types of beauty care, sports equipment rentals and photography services, as well as those related to entertainment and wellness can be provided in person. This means that only the service provider and one customer are allowed in one room; and when using a sauna or photography services, one provider of those services and the members of one household can be present at the same time; in such cases, the customers need not be vaccinated.
As of 15 June, persons who have recovered from COVID-19, and ones who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, will be offered more opportunities for gathering or taking advantage of services. It is expected that such individuals, upon presentation of their certificate, will be allowed to take part in public events outdoors and indoors, visit sports clubs, restaurants and cinemas, attend concerts and receive other services in person without wearing a face covering and without observing the two-metre rule on social distancing.
Requirements to ensure safety at stores and market places
As of 2 June, street sales are allowed and the work of large shopping centres resumes. However, a number of safety rules must be observed:
- face coverings must be worn in all shops, as well as in markets and street stalls,
- a two-meter rule on social distancing and enhanced hygiene requirements must be observed, and information on those health safety rules must be provided,
- a face shield may be worn only together with a face mask,
- no less than 25 sq. metres of publicly accessible room space must be provided for each customer,
- visitors are admitted only individually (one member of a household), with the exception of children up to 12 years of age, who can be accompanied by one adult.
Organizing street stands and fairs is permitted on the following terms and conditions:
- customers and vendors must wear masks fully covering their mouth and nose;
- no more than 20 sales stands are permitted at one location;
- the area in which a fair is held must be zoned-off;
- street sales shall not be accompanied with entertainment events, and this includes festivals with particular themes and amusement park rides.
From 7 May, public catering services are allowed outdoors while observing strict epidemiological safety requirements.
Not more than four adults, apart from minors (under the age of 18), from not more than two households can be present at an outdoor table, and there must not be more than ten persons sitting together (i.e. adults + children).
Both staff and patrons shall wear masks covering mouth and nose during their visit except while seated at a table.
To prevent large numbers of people gathering at public catering places late into the evening, the working hours of public catering facilities outdoors are limited to the hours from 6.00 to 21.00. After 21.00, public catering places are only permitted to offer takeaway meals.
For further information
- Cabinet Regulation No 360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” https://likumi.lv/ta/en/en/id/315304-epidemiological-safety-measures-for-the-containment-of-the-spread-of-covid-19-infection
- COVID-19 updates: https://covid19.gov.lv/en, phone for inquiries (calls from Latvia) 8345
- Apliecinājuma anketa: https://covidpass.lv/lv/, tālrunis uzziņām +371 67219111
- Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC): https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/if-returning-toentering-latvia, phone for inquiries +371 67 387 661
- State Border Guard: https://www.rs.gov.lv/en, phone for inquiries +371 67075616
- Information on vaccination strategies developed by the Ministry of Health: https://www.vm.gov.lv/lv/jaunums/iepazistina-ar-vakcinacijas-strategiju-pret-covid-19
- Information from the Ministry of Health on restrictions to planned in-patient services: https://www.vm.gov.lv/lv/jaunums/uz-laiku-visas-slimnicas-ierobezos-planveida-stacionaros-pakalpojumus