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Tougher restrictions in education and sports proposed to curb Covid-19 transmissions in Latvia

BC, Riga, 24.11.2020.Print version
The Health Ministry in Latvia has proposed toughening coronavirus restrictions in education and sports, Santa Livina, head of the ministry's public health department, told journalists today, cites LETA.

In those schools where pupils in grades 1 to 6 are still learning in classrooms, the minimum floor space per pupil in classroom will be set at 3 square meters. Teachers will be required to wear face masks both in and outside classrooms. Schools that are unable to meet these requirements will have to switch to distance learning.

Practical training in adult education, higher education institutions and vocational schools will have to be organized in groups of no more than ten people and taking all the necessary precautionary measures, including physical distancing.

Restrictions will be increased also on sports clubs, with only individual workouts in the presence of one coach allowed at indoor facilities. The sports clubs will be required to provide at least 15 square meters of floor space per person and the number of people at a sports facility will not be allowed to exceed 20% of its capacity. 

The aforementioned measures are intended to prevent people from crowding. "We have been receiving signals that sports facilities are quite crowded, also with people training individually," the ministry representative said.

Entertainment-related services will have to be provided remotely and rehearsals of amateur musicians and artists will have to end by 22:00, according to the ministry's proposals.

As reported, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) revealed today that the government plants to extend the state of emergency, which has been declared in Latvia until December 6.

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