Economy & Politics: Latvian government does not want to extend Corona state of emergency beyond June 9, 2020, but special provisions remain in force

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It is not planned to extend the emergency situation in Latvia related to the COVID-19 pandemic beyond June 9, but various restrictions could still be maintained after this date. That’s what Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said in an interview showed in Latvia’s TV3 television. “We plan the emergency until June 9, then we also plan to lift it. Of course, we will see what restrictions could be imposed after that date,” the prime minister said. But some of the Corona restrictions will be remain.

“Most of all, we will look at how we feel best, and how we listened to the recommendations of epidemiologists from the first day on what should be done, so I think we will continue to do so,” Kariņš said. The Latvian government will try to bring these measures in line with the other Baltic States so that people can move freely, at least in the Baltic States. However, the government will take into account the recommendations of Latvian epidemiologists when extending or removing restrictions.

Kariņš admitted that the leaders of all EU countries work together to find the best way to open the internal borders as soon as possible so that 500 million people can travel freely, which would greatly support economic development. “Unfortunately, this is not yet possible because the incidence varies significantly from country to country or region to region,” he said.

Kariņš spoke about the restrictions that will remain in Latvia after the emergency has ended, and mentioned that it may initially be necessary to keep the physical distance of two meters from each other. “If we keep this distance of two meters, the likelihood that the infection will spread from one person to another will decrease significantly. In any case, we will continue to wash our hands and keep the distance of two meters,” the Prime Minister said.

Currently, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is currently developing a legal framework for lifting restrictions in a post-crisis situation. Part of this plan is that administrations should work more online in the future so as not to unnecessarily endanger the people of Latvia during official business. Some of these emergency restrictions will remain in place in Latvia until medical professionals lift them. Latvians are also advised not to travel abroad unless they cannot be delayed.

Image: People walking to the New Jears Eve party at the right bank of the Daugava river in Rīga. A photo taken in better times than now. Photo © 2019 by Birk Karsten Ecke. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Image: People walking to the New Jears Eve party at the right bank of the Daugava river in Rīga.
A photo taken in better times than now.
Photo © 2019 by Birk Karsten Ecke.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

 

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