Posts tagged as restrictions

Culture Minister concerned about next year

Monday, October 19, 2020

The culture sector will be able to survive this autumn, but the lack of certainty about the coming year is worrying, Minister of Culture Nauris Puntulis (National Alliance) told Latvian Television October 19. The Minister said: “I am absolutely sure about this autumn, after speaking yesterday with the institutions under our authority, we can survive this autumn, even if conditions deteriorate. The same applies to the private sector.” The Minister said…

Lithuania mulls restrictions on bars and mass events

Monday, October 5, 2020

On Monday, the government will reconsider whether to impose restrictions on bars, cafes, and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus. “We are planning to return to the discussion. On Monday, the Covid-19 management committee will talk about this. […] We will talk about public mass events and catering establishments’ work organisation,” according to Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. On Friday, Lithuania announced 172 new Covid-19 infections – a…

Ministries ponder future COVID-19 restrictions in Latvia

Monday, September 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 incidence rate in Latvia increases, ministries are discussing different options of COVID-19 restrictions for the future, Latvian Radio reported September 28. For a long time, Latvia has been relaxing rules and restrictions in the fight with COVID-19, yet Latvia’s incidence rate remains one of the lowest in the world. Recently, though, the rate has been going up, and it is debated whether Latvia can afford to leave restrictions at the…

Latvia to introduce restrictions on Baltic travelers

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Travelers from Lithuania and Estonia will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon arriving in Latvia as of this Friday, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said on Wednesday. As coronavirus infection rates have jumped in Lithuania and Estonia, the decision spells the end of the so-called Baltic bubble, free travel for Baltic residents across the three countries that was agreed on in mid-May. Latvia currently has the lowest coronavirus infection rate…

No restrictions on Lithuanian nightlife yet

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday not to limit working hours of bars and nightclubs yet. However, the measure can be introduced in the future to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after the cabinet meeting that the government would draft safety regulations over this week for nighttime entertainment venues. If they can ensure proper adherence to safety rules, the government will not limit working…

Tourism sector worried about possible restrictions on Lithuanian travelers

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The government will discuss the possible inclusion of Lithuania in the list of countries heavily affected by COVID-19, but the Latvian tourism sector is alarmed by this possibility and considers that Lithuania should be exempted, Latvian Radio reported August 25. According to data compiled by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the cumulative number of 14-day infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Lithuania has already reached 13.7. It is the…

New relaxed restrictions come in force in Latvia

Monday, August 17, 2020

As from Monday, August 17, new restrictions of assembly and working hours at cultural and catering venues come in force, Ministry of Culture said August 17. As previously reported,   up to 1,000 people will be allowed to gather indoors. Catering sites will be allowed to work until 2 AM instead of midnight. This rule applies to venues where catering is the main service and people sit at tables. Cultural, sports…

Lithuania to lift restrictions on indoor events, allow entry to foreign students

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Despite the recent rise in coronavirus cases, Lithuania’s government decided on Wednesday to continue lifting restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From August 16, up to 600 people will be allowed to attend indoor events, and from September 1, restrictions on the number of attendees will be lifted completely. From September 1, foreign students will be allowed to enter the country. The travel bans will no longer apply to…

Illegal parties break the curfew in Riga

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Illegal parties thrive in Riga, and so does shadow economy, said the Latvian Association of Bars on Latvian Radio August 11. While COVID-19 restrictions, including the rule that entertainment venues must close at midnight, make some businesses  suffer, others aren’t shy about breaking the law. Clubs and bars tend to be open for up to two at night or longer. By law, only open-air cinemas can do this right now. Many clubs…

Health Minister: relaxed restrictions likely in Latvia

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The government is continuing to gradually relax COVID-19 restrictions, particularly in the catering sector, as well as preparing scenarios depending on how the new school year goes, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For!) told Latvian Radio August 3. Viņķele said that relaxation of restrictions is a way to adapt to the presence of COVID-19 and living cautiously, in a way that does not interfere too much with people’s lives. The incidence rate in…