Press releases

25.11.2020 Ekonomikas ministrija

In order to simplify and speed up the provision of aid to companies affected by the Covid-19 restrictive measures, new conditions were approved at the Cabinet of Ministers meeting on 24 November:

  • for the allowance of employee salary subsidies for part-time workers
  • and provision of downtime allowance for entrepreneurs, their employees, the self-employed, and patent payers.

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided that the above-mentioned types of aid will be available to taxpayers affected by the Covid-19 restrictive measures in all sectors. The support will be available for the period from 9 November 2020 to 31 December 2020.

25.11.2020 Labklājības ministrija

In view of the rapid increase in the spread of COVID-19, it is planned to introduce a new type of aid for a limited period of time - a one-time sickness benefit. It will be paid in the amount of 60% from the benefit applicant’s average insurance contribution salary for the previous 12 calendar months. The benefit will not be paid if the person works, carries out an economic activity, and earns income or if the person has been granted another social insurance benefit or downtime allowance. It is planned that the sickness benefit will be financed from the state general budget. To receive it, a person will need to submit an application to the State Social Insurance Agency.

24.11.2020 Ministru Kabinets

To protect the health of the Latvian public and reducing the burden on the health care system, measures have been set throughout the country to reduce the risk of the spread of infection in educational institutions and sports centres. Particularly strict conditions will have to be observed in municipalities where the prevalence of infection is twice as high as the Latvian average. This is provided for in the amendments to Cabinet of Ministers Order No. 655 Regarding Declaration of the Emergency Situation adopted on Tuesday, 24 November. In addition to the safety measures, the Government has also approved support measures for taxpayers and parents.

20.11.2020 Ministru Kabinets
(The official publication of the legal act is available at, the website of the official publication "Latvijas Vēstnesis", and the consolidated version of the regulations is available on the website

Updated 27.11.2020.



06.11.2020 Valsts kanceleja

In view of the epidemiological assessments of the growing risks of spread of the COVID-19 virus, a national state of emergency will be declared in Latvia, to be in effect between 9 November and 6 December, to introduce strict medical safety measures, while ensuring compliance with the basic rights of the country’s residents, and enabling them to access essential services.

06.11.2020 Aizsardzības ministrija

To summarize information on the current market situation that could be used for a procurement complying with Paragraph 8, Section 3 of the Public Procurement Law, we invite all interested suppliers that can urgently supply non-sterile, non-powdered disposable gloves, observing the following minim

05.11.2020 Ministru Kabinets

The official publication of the legal act is available at, the website of the official publication "Latvijas Vēstnesis", and the consolidated version of the regulations is available on the website

11.08.2020 Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija


On 11  August 2020,  the Cabinet of Ministers (CoM) approved the draft regulation “Deposit System Operation Regulations” drafted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, which lay down the regulatory framework for the operation of the deposit system in order to launch it on 1 February 2022.

11.08.2020 Satiksmes ministrija

Latvia has a clear position and goal to move towards the creation of a unified multi-country institutionally integrated manager for the management of Rail Baltica railway route, while continuing the work on the design, construction and operation planning. Today's decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to transfer the Rail Baltica infrastructure management in Latvia at its initial stage to LLC Eiropas dzelzceļa līnijas is an important step towards this goal, emphasized Tālis Linkaits, Minister for Transport today at the  press conference of the government.

11.08.2020 Ministru Kabinets

On Tuesday, 11 August, the Cabinet of Ministers, based on the recommendations of epidemiologists, decided to slightly reduce certain Covid-19 restrictions, taking into account that the increase in the number of cases in Latvia is significantly smaller than in other European Union member states. However, close monitoring of morbidity rates will be continued so that a decision to return to stricter restrictions could be made promptly if the situation were to worsen.