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State of emergency could be extended until January 11 in Latvia

BC, Riga, 30.11.2020.Print version
The state of emergency which has been introduced in Latvia over the Covid-19 pandemic might be prolonged until January 11, according to unconfirmed information obtained by LETA.

Government officials might propose even tougher restrictions on gatherings and a more extensive use of face masks. There are also plans to impose stricter rules for public transport.

Winter holidays might be extended for pupils in grades 1 to 4, moving the end of the school year to a later date. 

Stricter rules are also being planned for retail trade, allowing to only sell food and essential goods on weekends and public holidays. 

The government is also preparing a new border crossing regulation, according to the information obtained by LETA. 

At the same time, there are plans to increase testing as much as possible. 

The Cabinet of Ministers has yet to debate these proposals.

As reported, a number of restrictions have been introduced in Latvia since November 6 when the government reintroduced the state of emergency to curb the accelerating spread of Covid-19. The current state of emergency has been declared until December 6.

Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said in a televised address on Sunday night that he would propose extending the state of emergency and introducing stricter Covid-19 rules to combat the virus more effectively. 

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