On Tuesday, 29 December, a joint meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Crisis Management Council was held, assessing the impact of the current security measures and restrictions on the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Latvian society. Unfortunately, it has been concluded that due to face-to-face meetings of people, the spread of Covid-19 is still too high for the healthcare system to continue to provide full treatment to all patients.
The Cabinet of Ministers conceptually agreed to extend the state of emergency until 7 February, including an additional provision on a “holiday curfew”, stipulating that all residents of Latvia from 30 December to 4 January, as well as on 8 and 9 January from 22.00 to 5.00, must stay at their place of residence.
There are currently no plans to restrict daytime movement. Consequently, sales and service outlets will be open from 6.00 to 21.00, so that employees can get from home to work and back without breaking the rules. Restrictions on working hours will also apply to public catering places, with food and drink still available for take-away only.
The Cabinet of Ministers and experts continue to work on clear regulatory details. The next joint meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Crisis Management Council is scheduled for Wednesday, 30 December.