Broader restrictions can be avoided if epidemiological measures are followed responsibly - Karins

  • 2020-10-05
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Broader restrictions can be avoided if current epidemiological measures are followed responsibly, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) after the extraordinary government meeting today.

He said that the Covid-19 pandemic had been curbed for a long time in Latvia, but the situation has changed in the past two weeks.

"We should think how to protect ourselves and our loved ones. There are still such requirements in force as two-meter distance and washing hands. This should be continued. Another measure recommended by health experts is wearing face masks," the prime minister said.

Karins underscored that every resident should be responsible so that measures that could affect Latvia's economy should not be adopted.

"It is in our hands - be responsible, follow the rules and win the virus," said Karins, calling on residents to work remotely if possible.

As reported, passengers on public transport will have to wear masks as of October 7, the government decided today.

The requirement will not apply to children younger than 13 and to persons with physical or mental disabilities who are unable to put a mask on, the Health Ministry explained.

Face masks on passenger transport will be mandatory until November 6. If the situation improves by then, the restriction could be lifted. If the situation becomes worse, new restrictions will be considered.

As reported, the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, has reached 26.3 cases in Latvia.