RIGA - After the state of emergency, tour operators will be free to organize trips to countries that have been less affected by Covid-19, the Economics Ministry informed LETA.
On Tuesday, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a regulation on epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid-19, which also determine the general principles of operation of companies, including organization of exhibitions and fairs, tourism and travel, as well as requirements for passenger transport services.
According to the regulation, all companies will still be required to observe the two-meter distance and hygiene requirements. Residents will be able to travel, either individually or as part of tours organized by tour operators, to countries with a low Covid-19 infection rate, provided that they respect all the relevant safety requirements.
The new regulation also includes provisions regarding the organization of local and inbound tourism activities, which are applicable to the organization of entertainment, recreational and cultural events, as well as the requirements for public catering.
The regulation also includes rules for hiring workers from countries subject to special precautionary and restrictive measures. The Economics Ministry explains that these rules apply to employees whose arrival in Latvia is necessary for the fulfillment of obligations of Latvian businessmen, and who are not subject to the requirement of self-isolation if they are not showing any signs of a respiratory infection.