State of emergency should be lifted after June 9, but social distancing must continue to be observed - interior minister

  • 2020-05-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The state of emergency should be lifted after June 9, but social distancing measures must remain in place, Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) told Latvian Radio today.

He said that the state of emergency must be lifted and that people were tired of all the restrictions that are currently in place.

It is not possible to post a police officer to every resident, but the social distancing measure of maintaining a 2-meter distance will have to be continued, the minister emphasized.

As reported, the government's aim is to end the state of emergency, which has been declared in Latvia over the Covid-19 pandemic, in June, leaving at the same time some restrictions in place, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said today in an interview to Latvian Television. 

In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, Latvia declared a state of emergency from March 13 to June 9. A number of restrictions, primarily preventing people from gathering in large groups, have been introduced during the state of emergency.

The prime minister indicated that the government's aim is to call the state of emergency off after this date. The plan is to replace the state of emergency with a special temporary law that would give the government additional powers so that it can swiftly respond to new situations arising from the spread of Covid-19 and protect public health.