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Factsheet for measure LV-2020-12/1570 – measures in Latvia
|Country||Latvia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 19 March 2020|
Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
|Author||Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 December 2020 (updated 26 January 2021)|
Latvijas balzams, the largest producer of alcoholic beverages in Latvia, soon after the COVID-19 pandemic reached Latvia, started to produce hand and surface sanitizer. The product is called Virudes. It was prepared in line with the recommendations from the World Health Organisation. Latvijas Balzams is one of several companies that started to produce disinfectants.
Reacting on the lack of availability of disinfectants in the country, Latvijas balzams, the producer of alcohol beverages, started to produce hand and surface sanitizer late in the March 2020. The sanitizer in the beginning was sold in 4 litres cans, but later the company added other solutions to product line up – 1 litre bottle and spray. The company planned the output at about 6 tons a day, but due to high demand in short time the company reoriented their manufacturing and increased capacity to 20 - 30 tons a day.
Although the availability of disinfectants is no longer a problem, the company continues to produce it.
No information to report.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No specific views to report.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C11 Manufacture of beverages|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Latvijas balzams produces hand and surface sanitizer, measure LV-2020-12/1570 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LV-2020-12_1570.html
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