Lithuanian interior minister hopes to agree with Latvia on isolation exceptions for workers

  • 2020-09-03
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - As Latvia plans to introduce mandatory self-isolation for people coming from Lithuania, Lithuanian Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene hopes to agree with the neighboring country on exceptions for people going to Latvia for work-related reasons.

"With no doubt, we will ask for those exceptions we now have with Poland. We have an exception for people going for work or agriculture-related reasons as we have border farmers. They are under an exception and do not to self-isolate," Tamasuniene told journalists on Thursday.

"I also believe we will manage to reach those results during negotiations with the Latvians," she added.

The intrigue remains as to whether Lithuania will cross the 16 per 100,000 coronavirusas case rate and be put on Latvia's list of affected countries, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said on Wednesday the so-called "Baltic Bubble" would end on Friday as the number of coronavirus cases is growing in Lithuania and Estonia, and people arriving in Latvia from these countries would need to self-isolate.

The latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control show Lithuania's rate currently stands at 15.5.