The government is continuing its efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and prevent the associated risks. The Cabinet of Ministers has extended the duration of emergency situation, and has adopted a number of decisions in addition to already effective measures, thereby ensuring the work and cooperation between the State, local governments and other service providers during the crisis. Decisions on the extension of restrictions have been taken in accordance with the recommendations of epidemiologists, and aim to protect public health and security.
In order to minimise the risk of further spread of Covid-19 among Latvian residents, the Government has adopted stricter rules to limit the assembly of people at private and public events and other restrictions. Restrictions regarding physical contact apply to public indoor and outdoor activities and lay down the rules in respect of a distance of two metres and two persons.
Upon assignment by the Cabinet of Ministers, Sandis Ģirģens, Minister of the Interior and Acting Minister of Economics, has issued an order for merchants throughout Latvia to ensure additional precautions at retail sites:
As a delegated assignment from the Cabinet of Ministers, Kaspars Gerhards, Minister of Agriculture, has issued an order which aims to limit the spread of Covid-19 at food retail stores and public catering venues during the state of emergency and will allow food producers to continuously produce and sell their products.
The government has decided to extend the precautionary and security measures during the emergency situation in order to prevent more effectively the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia. The restrictions will affect the work of educational establishments, public assembly, movement outside the state borders and other areas.
During the meeting with Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin on 12 February, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš discussed bilateral relations between Latvia and Finland, the opportunities to strengthen them, cooperation at regional level and current developments of the European Union. The officials focused particularly on the multi-annual budgetary process and the European Green Deal.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš paid working visit to Minsk on 16 January. The Prime Minister met with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Prime Minister Sergey Rumas within the framework of the visit. The officials discussed a number of issues relating to bilateral cooperation, including the promotion of economic cooperation in the fields of transport and logistics, environmental protection, as well as preparations for the upcoming visit of the President of Belarus to Latvia. Belarus's cooperation with the European Union and NATO was also discussed during the negotiations.
On 12-13 December, the leaders of the European Union (EU) member states met in Brussels to discuss the current issues such as climate policy objectives, the EU's multiannual budget for the next period, Brexit and foreign policy.
On Thursday 12 December and Friday 13 December, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš will participate in the European Council meeting and the Euro Summit.
On 6 December, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš held a meeting with Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. The officials discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, economic cooperation and regional cooperation in the field of security, as well as the implementation of infrastructure projects.