Latvian government permits indoor and outdoor sports activities – Baltic News Network

From 15 June onward it will be permitted to organize sports exercises and tournaments outdoors under certain conditions. Indoor sports exercises will be permitted as well.

Sports federations or their legal members will be permitted to organize sports outdoors. Organizers will need to follow certain epidemiological safety measures, as reminded by the Ministry of Education and Science.

New rules also permit residents to watch outdoor sports from the tribunes.

Residents who wish to sit in the tribunes will need to present a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate. Organizers of sports events will be responsible for controlling the flow of audience members and their compliance with epidemiological safety measures.

Indoor sports locations will be permitted to open up again as long as they comply with epidemiological safety measures. Residents who are either vaccinated for Covid-19 or have recovered from the infection, or tested negative for it will be allowed to engage in indoor exercises.

Read also: No masks and distance – new rules for vaccinated persons in Latvia

Rules and epidemiological safety measures will differ depending on the types of certificates held by residents, the ministry notes.

If a service is provided to people who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 (as long as they meet specific requirements), it will not be necessary to meet any additional requirements.

If services are provided to persons tested negative or if holders of different certificates are present in the same room together (tested, recovered, vaccinated), it will be necessary for organizers to provide perform additional epidemiological safety measures related to the area per person, exercise intensity, areas for group exercises, length of exercises, etc.

Organizers are responsible for people’s compliance with epidemiological safety measures.

The approved regulations meet the previously defined traffic light principle, which dictate how indoor sports activities are to be organized in a situation when 14 day cumulative infection index per 100 000 does not exceed 250. Outdoor sports are permissible in a situation when the 14 day cumulative infection index per 100 000 residents does not exceed 200.

Regulations regarding outdoor sports were previously coordinated with social partners in the sports sector.

Discussions will continue on the topic of individual indoor sports exercises for persons who do not have any of the aforementioned certificates, especially if they are teenagers or children.

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