Interior structures will have an increased burden if they have to control persons arriving from Lithuania - Girgens

  • 2020-08-26
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In the event that Lithuania is included in the list of countries from which two weeks of self-isolation must be observed upon arrival in Latvia, the burden on interior structures will increase, Minister of the Interior Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) told LETA through his adviser Beata Jonite.

The minister drew attention to the fact that the Ministry of the Interior is not competent to decide whether Lithuania should be included in the list of countries from which two weeks of self-isolation must be observed upon arrival in Latvia. This means that the latest statistics released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control this Friday will have to be assessed by those responsible for the health and well-being of residents.

The minister also drew attention to the fact that the issue of closing internal borders is not on the agenda at the moment.

If Lithuania is put on the yellow or red list, then the workload of the State Police and municipal police will undoubtedly increase, as it will be necessary to control whether the persons observe self-isolation after returning from Lithuania. In this case, the police will, of course, continue to carry out their tasks, but it is not possible to check all residents, the minister said.

Girgens also reminded what was said at the government meeting yesterday that so far the biggest difficulties are with the control of vehicles at the internal borders of the country, namely at the border with Lithuania and Estonia, because these borders are open for the free movement of people.

"Closing the internal borders would not be sensible, as epidemiological safety must be balanced with economic activity. Latvia cannot isolate itself economically,'' he emphasized.