The Latvian government is introducing a curfew for the upcoming holiday weekend — from December 30 to January 4 and January 8-10. On these days, from 22:00 to 5:00, everyone should be at home.
This was announced by Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Delfi reports.
In Latvia, the state of emergency has also been extended until February 7.
Karins said that over the past week, an average of 17 people dies from the coronavirus every day, and this must be stopped. Health Minister Ilze Vinkele, in turn, called for a “quiet weekend” to study information about vaccines and recalled that more than 1000 patients are fighting for their lives in hospitals.
At the same time, they do not plan to restrict the movement of people during the day — shops and cafes will work from 6:00 to 21:00.
As for the punishment for violating the new restrictions, each curfew case will be considered individually. According to the head of the State Police Armand Rooks, if a person went to an around-the-clock pharmacy for medicine, this is a completely different situation than if someone drunk walks around the city at night and has fun.
Those who can give a good reason why he went out into the street will not be fined.
The army will help enforce the curfew.
Note that in Latvia, the fine for violation of coronavirus restrictions is up to 2000 euros for individuals and up to 5000 euros for companies.