April 7 was the day when all shops, except for the ones in shopping malls, were permitted to once again open up for customers. Nevertheless, because of the pandemic they are still expected to adhere to strict epidemiological safety requirements, as noted by the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.
Experts say that the risk of crowding is too high in large shopping malls. This is why only certain stores and service providers are permitted to reopen there. Compliance with epidemiological safety measures is required here as well. At the same time, customers are no longer permitted to pick up online orders from shops. Street vending (fairs) was also permitted as from April 7. Rules for all forms of street vending during Covid-19 pandemic are ready as well.
State and municipal police will be monitoring customers’ and vendors’ compliance with safety rules. The Consumer Rights Protection Center is in charge of monitoring customer numbers and internal control systems for epidemiological safety measures.
Service providers (such as dry cleaners, bank branches, repair shops, etc.) are permitted to remain open in shopping malls. (BNN/Business World Magazine)