Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 26, 2021)
Event: Latvia Ends State of Emergency as of April 6 and Eases Some Restrictions. U.S. Embassy Riga continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Latvia and in other locations worldwide. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found on our COVID Information Page.
The Cabinet of Ministers ended the state of emergency in Latvia on April 6, 2021. For the full announcement, please visit:https://covid19.gov.lv/en/aktualites/government-strengthening-safety-measures-long-haul-co-existing-covid-19
Updated Restrictions from April 7:
- Pre-schools will continue to operate for children of those who work at the school and children with parents who cannot work remotely and have no childcare options at home
- In municipalities with a 14-day cumulative rate of less than 200 new cases per 100,000 people the following can take place:
– Students in grades 1-6 and grade 12 can return to school.
– Students in grades 7-11 may return to school on rotation basis (classes in the educational institution does not overlap).
– Up to five formal education classes can take place outdoors per week for a class of up to 10 people.
– Up to 10 people may gather outdoors for vocational and informal education classes.
- For a list of eligible municipalities please visit https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/covid-19-saslimstibas-raditaji-pasvaldibas.
- All stores with a sales area of no more than 7,000 square meters that have a separate entrance and are not located in a shopping center may reopen.
- In shopping malls with a sales area of more than 7000 square meters only grocery and hygiene stores, pharmacies, optical stores, florists, bookstores, and press outlets can be open.
- Small outdoor fairs (up to 20 merchants) are permitted.
- Restaurants may still only provide food and drinks for take away.
- Up to 10 people may gather for marches and pickets outdoors.
- Up to 10 people, but no more than 2 households, may gather for private gatherings outdoors.
- Up to 10 people, but no more than 2 households, may gather for funeral and/or baptism ceremonies.
- Non-essential travel from the EU/Schengen zone continues to be banned with limited exceptions including work, study, family reunification, medical treatment, transit, return to home country, funerals, or accompanying a minor.
- Travelers must include the purpose of travel when registering at covidpass.lv and be ready to present justification documents upon arrival to the State Police or Border Guards.
- Travelers must present a negative PCR test result done within the previous 72 hours.
- Travelers arriving from outside of the EU/Schengen zone will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense. If the result is positive, the traveler must pay for self-isolation at one of the tourist accommodations specified by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency.
- For more information on all travel restrictions/rules please visit https://covid19.gov.lv/index.php/en/support-society/careful-travel/persons-who-wish-arrive-latvia.
Actions to Take:
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Latvia.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Follow travel.state.gov on Facebook and Twitter.
- Visit https://reopen.europa.eu/ for information on border openings and entry/exit requirements for countries within the European Union.
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