House of the Blackheads, a venue for exhibitions, concerts and other events, is a landmark of Riga Old City: Getty/iStock

Latvia will raise the limit for public gatherings to 25 people from two beginning May 12, as the country starts to ease restrictions introduced back in March to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government has said.

The government still extended the state of emergency, which has allowed it to introduce a series of actions to curb COVID-19, to June 9, but said a string of measures would be eased starting on Tuesday. Latvia currently has 909 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 deaths.

“The first is that it will be allowed to gather up to 25 people at the same time, but … precaution remains,” Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said late on Thursday, adding people would still have to observe two meters distance from each other.


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