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    Health Ministry proposes easing restrictions for indoor gatherings, caterers and cultural events

    RIGA, Aug 11 (LETA) - The Health Ministry has proposed easing Covid-19 restrictions further from August 17, increasing the number of people allowed to gather indoors from 500 to 1,000 and relaxing requirements for catering establishments, as well as cultural, sports and religious venues.

    According to the draft amendments proposed to the government regulations on epidemiological safety measures for containing the spread of Covid-19, rules for outdoor events will remain unchanged, with up to 3,000 people permitted to assemble at open-air venues. 

    Under the new regulation, the maximum number of people allowed to sit at one table in cafes, bars and restaurants will be increased from four to eight, with no limits on the number of people allowed to sit at one table outside. 

    The Health Ministry also proposes letting catering establishments extend their working hours by two to 2:00 a.m. Cultural, sports and religious venues would also be allowed to stay open until 2:00 a.m.

    The area catering establishments, shopping centers and cultural venues are required to provide for each visitor would be reduced from four square meters to three square meters per person. The requirement for caterers to place tables two meters apart would remain in force. 

    The rule that the number of people allowed to gather at one particular venue must not exceed 50 percent of the venue's capacity would also be left in place.

    The Health Ministry indicated that the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia is controlled and that it is therefore possible ease some of the existing restrictions. 

    To ensure public compliance with the Covid-19 restrictions, they have to be gradually eased as long as the infection risks remain low, the ministry argued. 

    • Published: 11.08.2020 14:52
    • Davis Sprogis, LETA
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