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    Restrictions on gatherings to be stepped up, face masks to become mandatory in more places

    RIGA, Oct 13 (LETA) - With Covid-19 incidence in Latvia rising, the government today decided to step up restrictions on gatherings and make wearing face masks mandatory in stores, stations, culture institutions and churches, as well as to temporary ban indoor sports activities in groups. 

    The face mask requirement comes into effect on Wednesday, October 14 and other additional measures on October 17, said Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (Development/For).

    The Health Ministry points out that Covid-19 keeps spreading due to the public's failure to follow safety measures currently in force, including distancing, hand hygiene, restrictions on gatherings and others. This is especially characteristic of unorganized events, where there is no one responsible for planning and implementation of precautionary measures.

    The government therefore decided to limit the maximum number of people at private events to 30 and set the maximum number of participants allowed to gather at outdoor private events at 300.

    The amendments also stipulate that catering services must not be provided after 12 a.m., except for takeaway meals, and that no more than four people who are not members of the same household may sit at one table.

    Meanwhile, mouth and nose covers will be mandatory in stores, including supermarkets, postal offices, fuel retail stations, as well as railway stations, bus terminals, airports, culture institutions and premises of religious activities if the event is not organized with fixed, personalized seats.

    Mouth and face covers will also be mandatory in museums, exhibition halls, libraries if visitors have come for a visit and not an event organized with fixed, personalized seats.

    Also, employees of the above mentioned places will be required to wear face masks if they are not separated with a physical barrier from visitors.

    The new restrictions might come into force as of October 14. As previously, the requirements will not refer to children below the age of 13.

    Since the spread of Covid-19 is fostered by collective sports activities, t has been decided to ban indoor sports activities in groups or indoor workouts for a month.

    Amateur athletes will only be allowed to exercise in groups in outdoor settings without using changing rooms. Only individual workouts will be allowed at indoor facilities.

    The aforementioned restrictions will not be applied to Latvia's adult national, Olympic and Paralympic teams, as well as teams playing in top adult leagues.

    The Health Ministry's proposal also includes a ban on sports events from October 17 to November 6. The ban would not apply to international sports events and matches in top adult leagues.

    • Published: 13.10.2020 15:49
    • Davis Sprogis, LETA
    • Raivis Spalvens, LETA
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