On 29 December, in view of the increasing risks of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in further efforts to restrict the disease, the Cabinet agreed to extend the current state of emergency in Latvia until 7 February 2021.
A curfew has been imposed until 25 January, on Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday nights, between 22:00 and 05:00. At this time, people are to stay in their place of residence.
Leaving home is permitted only on in exceptional circumstances. When leaving home, the person must carry a self-certification containing personal data, the address of permanent residence, the reason for being outside, and the destination. Everyone must also carry a passport or an ID card.
Retail outlets, services and public catering establishments which serve food and drinks as takeaway, are allowed to be open from 06:00 until 21:00.
The following additional security measures and restrictions related to the state of emergency in Latvia have been extended until 25 January:
- Neither private nor public gatherings and events are allowed; the “2+2” rule must be observed on a daily basis – two metres, two people. The Apturi Covid (Stop Covid) application is being used;
- Activities at all cultural sites, exhibitions and fairs are suspended;
- The open air areas of museums and nature trails will remain open for visitors, and they must observe the epidemiological safety requirements;
- Libraries may lend out books as a ‘takeaway service’ only.
- On-site services in beauty salons, including hairdressers, are not permitted
- At places of religious worship, no more than 20 % of the maximum allowed number of people may gather at one time;
- Organised meetings, pickets and marches may take place outdoors, but a maximum of 25 people may attend, and those present must observe the epidemiological safety requirements which apply in such circumstances;
- Shopping must be done individually. People violating epidemiological safety requirements shall be denied service. Information on the number of customers permitted shall be clearly visible at the entrance of the store.
Shopping in person will be available only at the following places, working days included:
- pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies;
- stores selling eye glasses and other optics;
- petrol stations;
- shops are allowed to sell the following items :
- food and groceries;
- hygiene products;
- essential household goods;
- seasonal items
- prepaid cards for mobile phones;
- tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and their fluids;
- food for animals and other pet supplies;
- press publications;
- public transport tickets;
- face masks and other personal protective equipment;
- home-produced agricultural goods;
Online shopping will not be not restricted.
Beginning on 15 January, all international arrivals to Latvia must present a negative COVID-19 test result or other medical document proving that the person is not infectious. The certificate must be issued no earlier than 72 hours before.
Passengers who are unable to present proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test will be denied boarding. The certification must be in English, French, Russian or in the official language of the country from where the journey begins.
This requirement also applies to those arriving in Latvia in a personal vehicle. The negative COVID-19 test results must be indicated in the Covidpass.lvform, which will be checked by the State Border Guard and police officers.
Persons entering Latvia to perform their job duties or travelling to or from their place of work, and employees of transport companies are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement.