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Ministry of Finance
of the Republic of Latvia
1 Smilsu st., Riga
LV-1919, Latvia

P.: +371-67095405
F.: +371-67095503
E-mail: pasts@fm.gov.lv
info@fm.gov.lv

Regarding the Declaration of Emergency Situation 14.03.2020

1. Emergency situation shall be declared throughout the national territory from the moment of the adoption of decision until 14 April 2020, with a view to restrict the spread of COVID-19 during the validity of emergency situation.

2. The Ministry of Health shall be appointed as a responsible authority for coordinating the activities during the emergency situation.

3. The relevant responsible authorities shall be determined as co-responsible authorities in line with their competence.

4. During the emergency situation:

4.1. the state and local government institutions shall assess and ensure, as far as possible, the remote provision of on-site services.

4.2. pre-school education institutions and institutions that ensure childcare services shall ensure the work of on-duty groups so that in the event of necessity the provision of pre-school services can be ensured to parents who cannot ensure childcare themselves. In order to attend pre-school educational institutions, parents shall submit a written statement to the pre-school educational institution once a week informing that the child and family have not visited any foreign country over the past 14-day period and have not been in contact with COVID-19 affected persons, and parents do not have any other possibility of providing childcare.

4.3. on-site learning shall be suspended in all educational establishments and remote training shall be ensured. The State centralised examinations shall be suspended, ensuring the examination in foreign languages during the period from 12 May to 15 May 2020.

4.4. all types of on-site extramural education process shall be suspended, including in all cultural, sports vocational and interest-related education programmes (trainings, competitions and rehearsals);

4.5. public gatherings for festivals, remembrance, entertainment, culture, sports, and recreation (including at night clubs and discotheques), public meetings, marches and rallies (in accordance with definitions provided in the Law On Public Meetings, Marches, and Demonstrations) as well as religious activities and gatherings shall be cancelled and prohibited regardless of the number of participants thereof.

Ad hoc gatherings at particular venues, including those related to culture, entertainment, sports, and religion, shall be restricted to no more than fifty persons. The opening hours of cultural, entertainment, sports, and recreational venues shall be determined to be no later than 23.00.

4.6. the tourism service providers, as far as possible, shall have to offer to postpone and not plan tourism trips to COVID-19 affected countries and areas, where special precautionary measures are required after returning, in accordance with the information published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

4.7. business trips and missions to the countries and territories affected by Covid-19, where special precautionary measures are required after returning, shall be cancelled, postponed and not planned, as far as possible, in accordance with the information published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

4.8. it shall be ensured that persons with symptoms of acute respiratory infection are not employed in work involving potential risks to the health of other people (in accordance with Cabinet Regulation no.477 Regulations regarding Work Involving Potential Risks to Health of Other People, and Procedures for Carrying out Mandatory Health Checks of 24 July 2018).

4.9. health institutions, social care institutions and places of deprivation of liberty shall restrict visits of third persons, except with a permit of the head of institution with a view to provide the core functions.

4.10. the rights of prisoners provided by law may be restricted in accordance with the decision of the Head of the Prison Administration, including by envisaging a possibility of establishing a procedure for conditional release of convicted persons prior to the completion of the sentence, conducted by prisons and the State Probation Service, as well as prolongation the term of its execution;

4.11. the individuals shall be called on to refrain from foreign trips.

4.12. persons and contact persons who have returned from the COVID-19 affected country or territory shall take special precaution measures, including:

4.12.1. the state of health shall be monitored for 14 days after leaving that country or territory by measuring the body temperature twice a day (in the morning and in the evening).
4.12.2. emergency line 113 shall be called immediately in case of any signs of acute respiratory infection (rhinitis, cough, throat inflammation, increased body temperature, respiratory problems).
4.12.3. shall perform self-isolation in the place of residence (home quarantine) and shall be reachable for communication and cooperation with a family doctor and other medical staff. These requirements shall not apply to employees of transport and passenger transport service providers who return from business trips and missions if they do not have any signs of acute respiratory infection and have not been identified as contact persons;
4.12.4. the state of health shall be monitored.
4.12.5. shall not be expose other persons to the risk of infection, by seeking to reduce direct contacts with other people (not to receive guests, avoid public places, institutions and not to have private visits, etc.);
4.12.6. shall stay in place of residence and not go to work, public places, places with a large number of people, not use public transport as far as possible.
4.12.7. shall use one of the following options for purchasing essential goods or food:

4.12.7.1. home supply by avoiding contact with the supplier;
4.12.7.2. the supply of food or goods with the help of relatives who leave them at the door;
4.12.7.3. assistance of the social service of the local government shall be sought by avoiding direct contact with the social worker;
4.12.7.4. in the absence of any other solution, an individual shall visit the shop with a medical mask at the time when there are fewer people in the shop, by keeping a distance of two metres from the shop's visitors and vendors and observing the hand and cough hygiene.

4.13. enterprises in which the Ministry of Health has ownership, the State Emergency Medical Service and the medical of in-patient clinical facilities, first responders of the State Medical Emergency Service that are not medical professionals, as well as the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the State Revenue Service, and the personnel of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shall be permitted to allow for over-time work in accordance with the Labour Law that does not exceed 60 hours per week. Personnel of the Ministry of Health shall be paid for over-time work that is necessary through additional funding upon request from the State budget programme “Funding for unforeseen circumstances”. The Ministry of Health shall request the additional financial resources required to pay for over-time work from the State budget programme “Funding for unforeseen circumstances”.

4.14. enterprises, the State Emergency Medical Service, the Provision State Agency, the State Police, the State Fire and Rescue Service, the State Border Guard, the Ministry of Interior’s Information Centre, the State Revenue Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence shall be permitted not to apply the Law on Public Procurement for goods and services in the process of ensuring supplies necessary for mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 and in order to provide the appropriate medical treatment and organise measures and actions in this regard. Ministries shall make estimates of the additional resources required to pay for the said deliveries and request them from the state budget programme “Funding for unforeseen circumstances”.

4.15. the responsible ministries shall restore material reserves of the State and organise the purchase of additional goods to ensure the implementation of national and health measures, by exceeding, if necessary, the amounts specified in the State Material Reserves nomenclature. The ministries shall keep registers of the additional financial resources needed to cover the costs of the aforementioned acquisitions and request them from the State budget programme “Funding for unforeseen circumstances”;

4.16. international passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus and rail transport, other than passenger transport by State aircraft and military transport, shall be cancelled from 17 March 2020. The Minister for Transport shall be authorized to make exceptions regarding the performance of international passenger services. The Minister for Transport shall take a decision upon the receipt of the relevant request.

4.17. the movement of persons and vehicles through airport, port, railway and road border crossing points at the European Union’s external border, as well as at border crossing points intended for local border traffic, other than freight transport, shall be prohibited from 17 March 2020. The Minister for the Interior and the Minister for Foreign Affairs may make exceptions to the movement of persons and vehicles;

4.18. the nationals of the Republic of Latvia and foreigners whose permanent residence is the Republic of Latvia shall be authorized to return to the Republic of Latvia through the border crossing points referred to in Sub-paragraph 4.17 of this Order;

4.19. individuals, who fill out an application form for the repatriation journey, before returning to the Republic of Latvia shall confirm in writing that they will abide by special precautionary measures, including self-isolation, after returning home.The relevant carrier shall be responsible for the transfer of the completed personal confirmation to the State Border Guard; ".

4.20. the foreign diplomats working in Latvia, as well as persons arriving in Latvia for humanitarian reasons and to pursue national interests, shall be authorized to enter the Republic of Latvia and leave the Republic of Latvia through the border crossing points referred to in Sub-paragraph 4.17 of this Order;

4.21. short-term and long-term visas for entry to Latvia shall not be issued by the diplomatic and consular missions of Latvia abroad, as long as the emergency situation exists;

4.22. the Ministry of Economics, in cooperation with traders, shall introduce the measures to ensure social distancing in trading venues;

4.23. in case of non-compliance with the measures laid down in this Order, appropriate administrative or criminal responsibility shall be applied;

4.24. the companies shall primarily ensure the supply of food, medicinal products, essential goods and raw materials necessary to produce food, medicinal products for the purposes of the domestic market;

4.25. the meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers may be organised remotely or through survey, using videoconferencing, conference call or other IT tools, in accordance with the procedures specified by the Prime Minister;

4.26. the Chairperson of the Supreme Court may, in consultation with chairpersons of regional courts and district (city) courts, determine the procedures and conditions under which the scheduled court hearings are suspended or not examined or otherwise restrict proceedings which are related to the conduct of oral judicial proceedings in all courts of the Republic of Latvia;

4.27. the Council of Sworn Bailiffs and the Council of Sworn Notaries may impose restrictions or decide on the termination of the taking of visitors on-site in the places of practice of sworn bailiffs and sworn notaries. 

5. The measures shall be financed from State budget funds allocated to the institutions in accordance with the Law on the State Budget for 2020, as well as upon the motivated request of the institutions from the State budget programme 02.00.00 “Funding for unforeseen circumstances”. In such cases, the Cabinet of Ministers shall take a decision on the granting of funding.

6. It shall be determined that the State institution specified in Section 3, Paragraph two of the Law on Emergency Situation and State of Exception is the respective line ministry, which collects and submits to the Ministry of Finance the claims of persons against the State for the damage caused.

7. In accordance with Section 9, Paragraph three of the Law on Emergency Situation and State of Exception, the State Chancellery shall notify the Saeima Presidium of the decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers and, in accordance with Paragraph four of that Law, shall inform the public electronic media about the decision taken.

Prime Minister A. K. Kariņš

Minister for Health I. Viņķele

22/05/2020 13/05/2020 05/05/2020

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