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Factsheet for case LV-2020-52/1721 – measures in Latvia

Support for self-isolation in tourist accommodation

Atbalsts pašizolācijai tūristu mītnēs

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 22 December 2020 – 28 February 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Provision of services in kind (e.g. food vouchers)
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Case created 17 January 2021 (updated 20 January 2021)

Background information

According to the Ministry of Health, the majority or 38% become infected with COVID-19 from family members. Therefore, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 virus and reduce the risk of infection in households, while providing a wide range of people with opportunities for self-isolation that do not pose a risk to others, the Government approved support for self-isolation in tourist accommodation. It is considered that the measure will support local tourism accommodation companies as well.

Content of measure

For COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms of the disease, as well as COVID-19 patients after treatment who still have symptoms, the state will cover 80% of the total accommodation costs in tourist accommodation in Latvia, while the person will have a co-payment of 20% to cover. The maximum daily support is €35. Catering is not included. The length of the reimbursable accommodation period is 14 days.

For people who have returned to Latvia from abroad in accordance with the repatriation procedure established by the state, the state will cover 100% of the total amount of accommodation and catering services, but not more than €45 per day. A total of €2,173,500 is allocated from the state budget for the measure.

Use of measure

No information on usage available yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses The COVID-19 risk group

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

No involvement

Views and reactions

No specific views to report.

Sources

  • 22 December 2020: The state will cover self-isolation expenses for individuals in Latvian hotels (lvportals.lv)
  • 15 January 2021: LIAA web page: Tourist accommodation for self-isolation (www.liaa.gov.lv)

Citation

Eurofound (2021), Support for self-isolation in tourist accommodation, case LV-2020-52/1721 (measures in Latvia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.