On Thursday, 14 May, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted changes in the regulations on the procedure for movement of persons between the Baltic States, on the organisation of entertainment events for children, and on the control mechanism for persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 and their contact persons.
Taking into consideration the Communication of 11 March 2020 of the World Health Organisation that COVID-19 has become a pandemic and on the basis of Section 4, Paragraph one, Clause 1, Sub-clause "e" of the Civil Protection and Disaster Management Law, Section 4, Section 5, Paragraph one, and Section 6, Paragraph one, Clause 1 and Paragraph two, Section 7, Clause 1, and Section 8 of the law On Emergency Situation and State of Exception, Section 3, Paragraph two of the Epidemiological Safety Law, the following epidemiological safety measures and other measures shall be determined:
On Thursday, 7 May, the Cabinet of Ministers prolonged the emergency situation until 9 June, at the same time adopting the decision regarding gradual cancellation or easing of certain restrictions. Strict adherence to all physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures on a daily basis in all areas will continue to be a prerequisite for reducing these restrictions.
In order to support medical practitioners, epidemiologists, public-health professionals and other practitioners who are directly involved in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and work under high risk and heavy workload conditions, the Government decided today, on 26 March, to allocate a total of EUR 8 million in order to provide these persons with a three-month salary benefits.
In view of the epidemiological situation and in order to minimize the risk of further spread of Covid-19 among Latvian residents, the government has adopted new precautionary measures to ensure and control social-distancing.
In order to reduce the risk of further spread of Covid-19 among the population of Latvia, the government has expanded the range of precautionary measures.
Following the successful implementation of a new financial crime prevention system, Latvia will not be subject to ‘enhanced surveillance’ or included in the so-called ‘grey list’, concluded the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at its plenary session in Paris on 21 February. Latvia is the first “Moneyval” member state that has successfully implemented all FATF recommendations.
On 7 February, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš participated in a meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers, where, together with the Prime Ministers of Estonia and Lithuania, confirmed that there is close cooperation between the three Baltic States in the implementation of the projects that are of major importance for the region.
On 22 January, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš informed the media that he welcomes the Moneyval experts’ positive assessment of Latvia’s progress in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing, by emphasizing that this is the result of the financial sector’s monitoring reform or “overhaul”.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš will pay a visit to Minsk - the capital city of Belarus, on Thursday 16 January, to meet with the country's senior officials and participate in a meeting on the organisation of the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2021.