A government spokesperson told CNN that Latvia will begin a four-week session on Monday, after the number of new coronavirus infections has risen sharply in recent weeks.
According to the spokesperson, Latvia reported 357 new cases on Friday ̵1; bringing the total number of infections to 7,476. The country has also recorded 95 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
The majority of cases for the country were recorded in the previous month. As of 1 October, Latvia had recorded only 1,945 cases.
Starting Monday, social communication is discouraged. Only indoor meetings with up to 10 people from no more than two households are allowed. Restaurants will only be allowed to serve take-out food, and stores will limit the number of people inside at a time.
Other restrictions include the continuation of distance learning for high school students, as well as professional educational institutions, vocational training and higher education, while lower levels of education will remain open. Only stores that sell necessities such as groceries, medicine and pet food are allowed to open on weekends and holidays.
All public events are prohibited, including concerts and theatrical performances. Museums, libraries and bookstores will remain open under strict safety measures.