Posts published in Day: July 16, 2020

WHO-backed study to look into alcohol policies in Baltics

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Lithuanian-led group of researchers are launching a five-year study looking into the impact of alcohol control policies on consumption and the economy in the Baltic countries. “Alcohol as a risk factor is unique because it has a very wide spectrum of different negative consequences, some of which are changing very quickly in response to changes in policy. This is why we can track the changes in statistics,” Mindaugas Štelemėkas,…

17 failures to comply with self-isolation in July in Latvia

Thursday, July 16, 2020

From July 1 to July 15, the State Police (VP) had gone on 990 control raids and made 5412 calls to check people in  self-isolation, VP said July 16. The police have been assigned control of self-isolation, quarantine and assembly. Lauris Arājs, vice-chair of VP, said in most cases, phone and video calls are made. As of July 1, 17 infringements have been identified for failure to comply with self-containment. Arājs said that…

Lithuania to lift event attendance limits from September

Thursday, July 16, 2020

As of September, Lithuania is lifting attendance restrictions for indoor and outdoor events, the government decided on Thursday. However, some safety requirements will remain in place and may be adjusted depending on the coronavirus situation, Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas said. Indoor events are limited to 400 people until the end of July and to 500–600 people in August. Events of up to 1,000 people are allowed outdoors until September. “Unless…

Foreign and Latvian pensioners to have same discount on public transport

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In future, foreign pensioners will receive fare discounts in Riga public transport under the same conditions as Latvian pensioners, according to a decision taken by the Riga City Council’s temporary administration on Wednesday, July 15. Following repeated recommendations of the Ombudsman, the temporary administration of the Riga Municipality on Wednesday supported amendments to the binding rules of the City Council, specifying the categories of passengers who are entitled to fare…

Riga City Council decides on municipal budget

Thursday, July 16, 2020

On Wednesday, July 15, the temporary administration of the Riga Municipality approved amendments to the City Council’s budget for 2020, bringing an additional €33.6 million to the economy support programs announced by the State, said the City Council on July 15. It has been decided to continue the reconstruction of the open-air concert venue of Mežaparks, whose costs (construction, engineering and construction supervision) have been planned for a total of €23…

Guaranteed minimum income increase up for discussion

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Ministry of Welfare has offered an increase of guaranteed minimum income (GMI) at the Constitutional Court, Latvian Radio reported July 15. According to the Constitutional Court, the state’s level of GMI, €64,  is inadequate   to ensure basic conditions of life and thus does not comply with the Constitution. It is no longer valid from January 1 2021. The Ministry of Welfare, which determines the level of the guaranteed minimum income, met with…

airBaltic carried over 60 thousand passengers in June

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In June 2020, the Latvian national airline airBaltic transported 60,409 passengers from all three capital cities of the Baltic States to destinations on the airline’s route network in Europe and Scandinavia, the company said July 16. “June was the first full month since the resumption of our operations on May 18. Clearly, the demand for flights is recovering. Every week we are transporting more and more passengers and getting new…

Rail Baltica will make Riga Central Station greener

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Construction and development work of Rail Baltica around the Riga Central Station will significantly expand green zones and multi-functional areas for urban residents, said Linda Vītola, spokeswoman for project executor BereRix  on July 16. For example, the area of city squares will increase more than three times, from 1316 to 4454 square meters.The green, currently non-accessible area is expected to increase significantly from 8841 to 25859 square meters. Territory of transit…

Foreign Minister: COVID-19 has no nationality

Thursday, July 16, 2020

All arrivals in Latvia are to be surveyed and if needed observed, as COVID-19 has no nationality, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs told Latvian Television on July 16. Both foreign tourists and Latvian nationals returning home will have to  complete a questionnaire   and commit to comply with security measures. “We cannot presume the virus has a passport – the virus has no passport. Anyone entering a red, yellow zone or…