The Latvian authorities have announced that the country will no longer offer discounts on public transportation for citizens who do not hold a vaccination certificate or refund due to the state of emergency declared inside the country.
The announcement was made by the Latvian Ministry of Transport, which stated that the new rule will take effect from next Monday, October 18, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From October 11, 2021 to January 11, 2022, a state of emergency was declared in Latvia, and it was decided that from October 18, adults without a certificate of vaccination or a certificate of illness will not be entitled to discounts. at prices”, stated the statement of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia.
According to a press release issued by the same ministry, Latvian citizens who cannot provide a valid certificate indicating that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who cannot provide a certificate of recovery will not be eligible to benefit from the price reductions applicable on routes operated by public transport providers. who receive grants from the state or local government budget.
With regard to those who have already been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus, the authorities have indicated that they will be able to go on public transport without having to pay the full fee.
As the country is going through an emergency, the number of passengers must not exceed 80 percent of the total vehicle capacity. However, if it is necessary to carry passengers at stations outside regional road destinations, the capacity can be as high as 85 percent.
In addition, passengers must continue to follow all precautionary measures for COVID-19 while in a public transportation vehicle. Each passenger must wear a face mask throughout the flight and sit apart from each other.
“If, due to the nature of the vehicle, it is not possible to control the ascent and disembarkation of passengers, the passengers should choose their seats in such a way that the passenger compartment of the vehicle is evenly filled and comply with the distance requirements as far as possible.”
Based on figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Latvia has identified a total of 169,917 cases of COVID-19 and recorded 2,794 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
As for vaccination rates, data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the country provided 1,617,989 vaccine doses, which means that 52.2 percent of the country’s total population has been fully vaccinated.
Previously, Latvian authorities revealed that travelers from Monaco, Malta, Czechia, Hungary, Poland and the Vatican City State could enter the Baltic state without restrictions as these lands were placed on the Green List.