Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (October 28, 2020)
Event: Latvia Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions
On Tuesday, October 27, the Cabinet of Ministers published new restrictions to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Latvia. For the full announcement, please visit https://www.mk.gov.lv/lv/aktualitates/nosaka-stingrakus-ierobezojumus-atbilstosi-atjaunotajam-covid-19-risku-novertejumam.
The changes to the restrictions are as follows:
From October 30
- Private event venues may have a total of 10 people indoors and/or outdoors
- Public event venues may have a total of 300 people indoors and/or outdoors
- All higher education institutions need to provide virtual learning, except practical trainings and clinical practices in hospitals
Until November 15
- Schools from grade 7-12 need to provide distance learning
- Extracurricular activities for children are not provided
- All entertainment venues for children need to be closed including trampoline parks, attraction parks, indoor playgrounds in shopping malls etc.
Measures previously announced –
- Face masks must be worn in all public places – public transportation, taxi, stores, pharmacies, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, post offices, museums, exhibition halls, libraries and churches as well as in places where two meters distance is not possible and presence exceeds 15 minutes. This does not apply to customers in restaurants, coffee shops and bars where people eat/drink however employees need to wear masks. This requirement does not apply to schools, individual sport trainings, swimming pools, sauna, during face treatment and other similar occasions where face mask is not possible to wear.
- Only events with fixed, personalized seating may take place indoors.
- Bars, restaurants and coffee shops will be open from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m. with two meters between tables and no more than four people per table who are not from the same household.
- Indoor sport training can only take place individually.
- Group sport trainings are permitted only outdoors or remotely.
- Adult informal education groups are limited to 30 people
Note: The requirement of two meters for social distancing remains in place.
From October 12, 2020, all travelers to Latvia are required to fill out and complete the electronic form at https://covidpass.lv/en/ at least 48 h before crossing the border. For minors, the form must be completed by the parent/legal representative. The form requires personal information, contact details, and the previous 14 days travel history. Travelers will receive a QR code that must be submitted to the border guard official (in case of border control or random inspection). The data entered in the form will be forwarded to the competent Latvian authorities (Latvian police, border guard, and disease prevention and control center) and will be kept for 30 days. More information is available at: https://mk.gov.lv/en/aktualitates/october-12-when-crossing-border-republic-latvia-electronic-questionnaire-will-have-be.
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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