Government agrees to waive more Covid-19 restrictions from April 1

  • 2022-03-23
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - On Tuesday, the Cabinet of Ministers agreed on waiving more Covid-19 restrictions from April 1.

According to the amendments to the Regulations on Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 that the government supported today, service providers and event organizers will have the right to set specific epidemiological safety requirements for venue where their services are provided or an event is organized, such as use of face masks and minimum distance between customers.

At the same time, use of face masks will be mandatory in public transport, with the exception of taxis and international air transport.

Use of masks will also be mandatory at healthcare facilities and nursing homes.

Once the Covid-19 risks further reduce, which could happen in May, the use of face masks could be phased out, for instance, in public transport.

As of April 1, travelers to Latvia from the European Union, European Economic Area countries, Switzerland and Great Britain will no longer have to have a certificate confirming that they have been vaccinated for or recovered from Covid-19, or negative test results. The certificate or Covid-19 tests will still be mandatory for travelers from third countries.

As of April 1, employees at healthcare institutions and prisons will still have to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and this requirement may also apply to employees in certain other sectors.