Posts published in Day: October 23, 2020

Greece, Finland, Estonia, Norway comprise Latvia’s “white list”

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) updated its statistics October 23, determining that in future self-isolation will be required when entering Latvia from countries with a 14-day cumulative Covid-19 incidence rate per 100,000 of population above 82.7.  Consequently it is now possible to enter Latvia from countries with a lower infection rate than Latvia without the need for 10 days of self-isolation. The European countries that qualify for this “white list” are…

Central Tallinn tourist business tenants to get 80 percent rental relief

Friday, October 23, 2020

Tallinn city government has ruled to offer catering, retail and entertainment businesses operating on city-owned premises in the city center, principally the Old Town, a rent discount of 80 percent from the beginning of September Private sector commercial tenants of City of Tallinn-owned real estate will get rental discounts of up to 80 percent under a scheme aimed at supporting businesses hit by the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in the catering,…

Moose goes on rampage in Riga: misses train, goes for a dip instead

Friday, October 23, 2020

A wild moose has gone on a rampage across the Latvian capital Riga, the country’s public broadcaster LSM reported on Wednesday. The wild animal first visited a DIY store before queuing at a train station and then jogging along railway tracks causing delays to commuters. The moose then decided to take a dip at the River Daugava. After the afternoon swim, the animal loitered at the Zaķusala island in central…

Lithuanian universities switching to online teaching

Friday, October 23, 2020

Several universities in Lithuania have announced they are switching to remote-only teaching amid a spike in coronavirus infections in the country. Vilnius University (VU), Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) in Kaunas and Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) in Vilnius said on Friday they would discontinue in-class teaching as of Monday. All lectures and seminars are to be conducted online, except when special equipment is needed. A spokesman for the Kaunas University of…

Lithuanian photobook on Jewish Vilnius shortlisted for two international awards

Friday, October 23, 2020

The Lithuanian edition on interwar avantgarde photographer Moï Ver has been nominated for two prestigious book awards, the Ministry of Culture said in a press release. Hommage à Moï Ver: The Ghetto Lane in Wilna, published last year, was shortlisted for PhotoBook Awards 2020, a competition organised by the Aperture Foundation (USA) and Paris Photo (France). Edited by Sigutė Chlebinskaitė, Mindaugas Kvietkauskas and Nissan N Perez, the book is among…

Voluntary sign-up for COVID-19 tests suspended in Latvia

Friday, October 23, 2020

Voluntary application for COVID-19 testing has been stopped, the Ministry of Health told Latvian Television October 23. Following  the announcement that from Monday state-paid COVID-19 tests will be available only with a doctor’s referral, the Ministry of Health said it had observed a rush for COVID-19 tests, which is why, on Friday, October 23, voluntary sign-up for tests was suspended early at 13:00. The Ministry of Health said that at the moment, “there is an unwarranted fuss…

No restrictions on inter-city travel despite local lockdowns in Lithuania – official

Friday, October 23, 2020

Thirteen municipalities in Lithuania will be put under a two-week quarantine on October 26. However, the government plans no restriction on travel between cities. “We are not currently considering to close cities,” Božena Zaborovska-Zdanovič, a spokeswoman for the interior minister, told LRT.lt. Even in municipalities to be placed under quarantine, “people will be able to travel freely, go to the seaside”, she said, adding that “it’s of course […] better…

Vilnius faces quarantine as soon as next week – health minister

Friday, October 23, 2020

Vilnius as well other major Lithuanian cities may soon be put under quarantine due to high Covid-19 infection rates, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Friday. “Data available to me indicate that most of the major municipalities may be added to the red list as early as Monday,” he told reporters. Asked whether Vilnius would also be included, he said: “As far as I know, yes.” The government decided this…

EU’s praise of Lithuanian justice system ignored political pressure, lawyers say

Friday, October 23, 2020

On September 30, the European Commission (EC) presented the first-ever report on the rule of law in EU member states. Although it praised the Lithuanian justice system, the country’s judges and lawyers say the report glossed over mounting political problems.  This year, there have been attempts to apply political pressure on the courts, “which is completely missing in the report”, Dainius Žalimas, the president of the Constitutional Court, told LRT.lt.…

Health officials under pressure: instead of funding, we were told to ‘optimise’

Friday, October 23, 2020

Despite Lithuania’s National Public Health Center (NVSC) asking for more funding, the government has instead opted for cost-cutting efforts, according to the head of centre. “This issue has been raised many times and we have approached it as recently as last year, when everything started in China,” Robertas Petraitis, head of NVSC, told BNS. “Perhaps it was hard to realise then what workload would [be], but when I assumed this…