RIGA - The government will be flexible in deciding which restrictions to lift and which to maintain after the end of the state of emergency, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) told Latvian Television this morning.
He answered the question as to whether there were any specific infection indicators at which the government would end or extend the state of emergency after January 11. "However, we will look flexibly as January 11 approaches, and we will take into account not only the actual figures, but also the safety situation and the situation within society," the minister said.
"If we compare regionally, then the situation in Latvia is similar to that in Lithuania and Estonia, despite the fact that there are slightly different regimes in place," Bordans added.
According to him, the government should not "look flat" in thinking about Covid-19 restriction. It should also be taken into account that, for example, as the Christmas holidays are approaching, people demand opportunities to purchase things and relax somewhere, said the politician, expressing the vision that these opportunities need to be balanced.
Explaining the reasons why, in his opinion, even during the pandemic, people should be allowed to engage in economic activities, Bordans mentioned the need to save funds in national budget, which would otherwise have to be paid to businesses in compensation.
As reported, the current state of emergency has been declared until January 11.