Residents living on the Latvian border will not be subject to the 14-day self-isolation requirement, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers decided at an extraordinary meeting on Friday.
According to the Ministry of Health, the incidence rates of COVID-19 in Lithuania and Estonia are slightly below 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, so traveling to and from these countries will not require a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for the next seven days if they increase.
During an emergency meeting on Friday, the Cabinet of Ministers considered amendments to the regulations on Epidemiological Safety Measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection ''if and when travel restrictions indeed come into force''.
It was agreed the amendments will only come into force if and when the COVID-19 incidence level reaches the threshold that Lithuanians or Estonians will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
It was also agreed that Estonians and Lithuanians would have to wear nose and mouth coverings while in public.
People who cross the border every day for work or study will also be exempt from quarantine.
Self-quarantine requirements will also not apply to citizens of European Union (EU) member states and permanent residents who cross the Latvian state border in connection with the performance of work duties, education, caring for a relative or funeral arrangements (including participation in a funeral).
The amendments to the regulations also stipulate that the self-quarantine regulations do not apply to persons who cross the territory of Latvia in transit, which means they must cross the territory of Latvia within 12 hours and without spending the night.
Editor: Helen Wright