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Latvian Healthcare Ministry proposes lifting requirement for face masks in public transports | Baltic News Network

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Latvian Healthcare Ministry intends to ask the government to make it not compulsory to wear protective face masks when using public transport services, said Latvia’s Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele in an interview to TV3 programme 900 seconds.

The ministry will also ask the government to speed up lifting gathering restrictions outdoors, permitting up to 3 000 people to gather during outdoor events from 1 August onward, added the minister.

On Tuesday, 30 June, the government plans to review Healthcare Ministry’s developed proposals that affect coronavirus-related restrictions. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš did not clarify which restrictions may be eased or lifted.

Economy Minister Jānis Vitenbergs told journalists on Monday, 29 June, that catering companies may be allowed to reduce the social distancing area per clients from 4 m2 to 3 m2.

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