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News regarding Covid-19 regulations in Latvia

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided that starting from October 21 to November 15, particularly strict Covid-19 restrictions will come into force in Latvia.

This newsletter has been prepared as a brief overview of the current amendments and should not be regarded as an all-embracing analysis of the amendments. 

General

Starting from 21 October 2021 to 15 November 2021, it is prohibited to leave the place of residence from 20.00 to 5:00, the prohibition does not apply to:

  • persons going to or from the place of work or persons who are performing work or service duties – the person shall present a certification (name, surname, personal identification code, address of residence, reason and time for leaving the place of residence, the place of work, name, address and telephone number of the management of the place of work (contact person in the place of work)) and an ID (passport or ID card);
  • persons who need to receive psychological support, medical treatment, including vaccination against Covid-19 infection, or veterinary care for animals, or persons who visit a 24-hour pharmacy – the person shall present a certification (name, surname, personal identification code, address of residence, reason and time for leaving the place of residence, the place of service to be received) and an ID (passport or ID card);
  • to persons who need to get to or from the airport, port, railway station or bus station – the person shall present a certification (name, surname, personal identification code, address of residence, reason and time for leaving the place of residence, the place of service to be received) and an ID (passport or ID card).

From 21 October 2021 to 15 November 2021:

    • Places of sale and service provision places opens no earlier than at 6.00 and ends no later than at 19.00;
    • The working hours of petrol stations, pharmacies, tourist accommodation places, Covid-19 vaccination points, public transport and passenger transport services, freight transport and related services, delivery services, emergency and utilities services, will not be restricted.
    • stores, where 70% of the product range is food or hygiene products, pharmacies, optician’s shops, gas stations, animal feed stores, press shops, bookstores, telecommunication goods and services shops, flower shops are allowed to work on-site;
    • all public events are cancelled and prohibited;
    • related to entertainment, gambling, betting, attractions, beauty care, wellness, active recreation, physical activities, sports, tourism (except accommodation and foreign travel), photo and video services, face-to-face consultations, collective hunting.it is prohibited to provide on-site services.
Employment
  • Work duties, if allowed by the specific nature of the work, shall be carried out remotelyOn-site work is performed by employees employed in sectors of critical importance to the public or employees for whom the employer has determined during the impact assessment that the work must be performed on-site.
  • Those employees who require a vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery to perform work dutiesbut have not completed the vaccination course, from October 20, 2021 until the receipt of the vaccination certificate, may perform work duties – with a test certificate issued no earlier than 72 hours or not earlier than 72 hours before an employer-organized screening antigen test in areas where testing services are not available (e.g., in rural areas).
  • Employees who will perform on-site work after 15 November 2021 shall have a vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery, in some cases a testing certificate is also allowed.
  • All employees working on-site (including fully vaccinated and persons recovered) shall certify in writing on a daily basis at the place of work that they have no symptoms of acute respiratory diseases and have not been in direct contact with persons subject to isolation, home quarantine or self-isolation;
  • From 15 December 2021, all employees, including volunteers and outsourced persons working on-siteshall have a valid vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery.
Commercial activities
  • It is planned that on October 26, 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers will decide on aids for companies to overcome the Covid-19 crisis, in particular working capital grants and salary subsidies.
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OUTDOOR DRINKING IS HERE TO STAY!

Most of Scotland is now in Level 1 or 2, meaning that up to 8 (Level 2) or 12 (Level 1) people from separate households can meet outdoors at hospitality venues. With this in mind, and summer in full swing, outdoor drinking areas are more important to licensed premises than ever before.

While many premises will have permanently licensed outside spaces, or arrangements in place through Occasional Licences (temporary 2 week licences that allow alcohol to be sold in an unlicensed space), there is still time for those that do not. Read more…

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New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut Set to Lift Most COVID-19 Capacity Limits

On May 3, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a significant easing of COVID-19-related capacity restrictions on businesses in their respective states. Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, who joined the other two governors in the announcement, had previously ordered a comparable lifting of capacity restrictions in his state.

Specifically, effective May 19, New Jersey and New York will remove most capacity limitations on businesses, which are currently based on a percentage of maximum capacity, and replace them with limitations based on the space available for individuals to comply with the social distancing mandate of six-feet; Connecticut’s easing of restrictions will also be in place by May 19. It is not yet clear how the new social-distancing requirement will be enforced, since, as of this writing, only Governor Murphy has issued an executive order regarding the removal of capacity limitations for businesses, and it does not contemplate enforcement. Additionally, no other formal guidance has been issued.

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Congress passes the American Rescue Plan after multiple delays

Following the Senate’s passage of the American Rescue Plan by a razor-thin margin on Saturday, March 6, 2021, the House of Representatives approved the final version of the new stimulus package on March 10, 2021, despite multiple attempts to delay. The economic relief package has been highly contested since its introduction and highlights the continued divide between the political parties. President Joe Biden praised the Senate’s passage of the legislation as a “giant step forward” while other Republican leaders criticized the $1.9 trillion package, including Senator Ron Johnson, who called it a “boondoggle for Democrats.” In any case, the stimulus package will provide, what many people believe to be, long overdue and much needed assistance to the American people and businesses. The following provides a summary of various relevant provisions of the new legislation and what individuals, educational entities, and state and local governments can expect. Read more…

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Congress approves $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Following the U.S. Senate’s passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on March 6, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the final version of the new stimulus package on March 10. President Biden signed the stimulus package into law on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

As part of the American Rescue Plan, Congress approved a $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), which will provide federal grants to eligible foodservice and drinking establishments like restaurants, bars, caterers, breweries, taprooms, and tasting rooms. The RRF will be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer held a press conference with members of the Independent Restaurant Coalition and high-profile restaurant owners on March 10, in which the Democratic senator from New York stated he will “urge the SBA to stand up for relief and set up the program as soon as the bill is signed into law,” and that first they have to confirm President Biden’s nominee for Deputy Administrator of the SBA, Dilawar Syed. Read more…

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations in Latvia

From 30 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 and from 8 January 2021 to 10 January 2021, it is prohibited to leave the place of residence from 22.00 to 5:00, the prohibition does not apply to:

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Congress reaches agreement on COVID-19 package breaking monthslong stalemate

Congressional lawmakers finally reached an agreement on a new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package during the evening of December 20. The feuding parties were forced to resume negotiations due to the looming expiration of several existing COVID-19 aid measures and a threatened government shutdown. Both Congressional chambers officially passed the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act on December 21, as part of the overarching $1.4 trillion spending package that will keep the government funded until September 2021. Read more…

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E-LEGAL® ARTICLE – COVID-19 – PANDEMIC MARKETING AUTHORISATION FOR MEDICINAL PRODUCTS

Summary
The focus of this article will be on the analysis of the administrative rules associated with the marketing authorisation of medicinal products, based on the European scenario.
The aim is to find out whether or not the current regime can meet the new needs brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, since so far there is neither a vaccine nor a specific antiviral medication to prevent or treat it, despite the race to discover the drug or vaccine to “cure” it, to which substantial efforts and investment have been devoted to. Read more…

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News regarding Covid-19 regulations

The state of emergency related to the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia has been extended until 11 January 2021, strengthening the previously established restrictions.

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New Jersey Tightens Restrictions on Outdoor Gatherings and Indoor Sports

With New Jersey experiencing a second wave spike of COVID-19 infections and with holiday season gatherings upon us, on November 30, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 204 (“EO 204” or the “Order”) tightening restrictions on outdoor gatherings and pausing indoor practices and competitions for youth and adult sports.

Indoor Youth and Adult Sports

With limited exception, EO 204 prohibits youth and adult indoor sports practices, competitions, and other organized sporting activities from December 5, 2020 until January 2, 2012. The prohibition will not affect collegiate and professional sporting activities.  In addition, the Order permits private fitness classes, lessons, and trainings at gyms, studios and similar locations to continue.

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