Latvia bans sale of tobacco and alcohol on coronavirus weekends

Latvia is on alert.

Latvia is on alert.

The Government of Latvia has imposed limits on the sale of alcohol and tobacco Among the measures against the pandemic approved that include the extension of the alert state until January 11.

The sale of alcohol and tobacco will be prohibited on weekends and the measures also include the mandatory closure of all businesses at 8:00 p.m. on weekends and the prohibition of private meetings except for people who live together.

All cultural activities, exhibitions, markets and Christmas events will remain closedAccording to a government statement, which approved these measures last night and allows museums to remain open.

The limitation on sales of alcohol and tobacco has been received with criticism on social networks with numerous citizens asking how this measure will contribute to the spread of covid-19 since customers will be able to go to buy other goods in the same stores where they are they sell those products now prohibited.

The new measures reduce business hours since until now the stores could remain open until 11:00 pm and alcohol sales were allowed until 10:00 pm.

The government met for ten hours before announcing the measures, which coincide with the proposals made on Monday by Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins.

But nevertheless, the Executive did not approve closing schools between grades 1 and 4 from next week and compensate the teaching hours by extending the school year next summer of 2021; However, it will be required that at these levels both students and teachers must wear masks.

Karins said that the new measures are necessary because the situation in the country is “very serious” and the spread of the virus is out of control; According to Latvian health authorities, 612 new covid-19 infections were registered on Tuesday in the preceding 24 hours.