Interior Ministry proposes making face masks in closed public spaces mandatory for non-EU citizens arriving in Latvia

  • 2020-07-14
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Citizens of non-EU countries will be obliged to wear face masks in closed public spaces for two weeks after their arrival in Latvia under draft amendments proposed by the Interior Ministry.

The government is expected to decide on the draft amendments to the law on containing the spread of Covid-19 at the weekly Cabinet meeting today. 

Establishments like shops, cafes, restaurants, as well as public transport are all considered closed public spaces, according to the draft legislation. 

Upon arrival in Latvia, non-EU citizens will also be required to always have their ID documents on them so they can prove their identity to representatives of state or local authorities. 

To enforce the requirements, authors of the proposal envisage administrative sanctions (fines) for non-compliance with said rules. 

As reported, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) has said that foreigners from non-EU countries who flout the 14-day self-isolation requirement on arriving in Latvia should be stripped of their temporary residence permits or visas.

The minister said that he would call on his colleagues to debate his proposal at Tuesday's government meeting.