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Amateur sports practices allowed only outdoors as of Monday in Latvia

BC, Riga, 18.12.2020.Print version
Amateur sports practices will be allowed only outdoors as of December 21 in a group of up to ten people, according to the decision made by the government in Latvia on December 17th, informs LETA.

It means that sports clubs and gyms will be closed, also individual practices indoors will be banned.

As reported, to contain the spread of Covid-19, Latvia has introduced a state of emergency from November 9 to January 11, introducing requirements to wear face masks indoors, restrictions on gathering of people, trade of non-essential goods at weekends and during holidays. Today, the government decided on even harsher restrictions. The harsher restrictions aim at reducing human contacts outside households.

Only stores selling food products hygiene goods and necessity goods, tobacco products, plant tobacco goods, electronic smoking devices and liquids, pet food and products, press, public transport tickets, face masks and individual protection products, local agricultural produce, pre-paid mobile cards, flowers and Christmas trees.

Construction materials and goods may be sold in wholesale.

The Economics Ministry explained that the range of hygiene goods include teeth, hair and body care products, disinfectants, toilet paper, hand towels, diapers and other goods.

Household goods include goods necessary for heating, heating devices, mobile phones, matches, lighters, batteries, light bulbs, candles and others.

Local agricultural produce include fruit, vegetables, honey, fish and animal products, home-made food products. In the coming three weeks also pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, optical goods stores and fuel stations will remain open.

Online trade will not be restricted.

Stores will have to ensure at least 15 square meters space for each customer. The customer flow should be regulated with shopping baskets or shopping carts. 

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