Musicians plead for the lifting of Covid restrictions / Article

Gints Putniņš, head of the L Tips agency, said in a statement to the media and an open letter that the restrictions related to the provision of services in the public environment have hit the sector hard.

“Of course, we understand and respect the health of the whole society, we also understand the processes related to the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, but we do not understand why all decisions in Latvia are taken late, and they do not are changed not by the day, but by the hour, while entrepreneurs who organize public events, musicians and other creative people sometimes do not even have time to adapt, let alone plan for the long term.

“We are calling for a clear and concrete response to the government’s new action to lift the current restrictions. In the industry we all represent, economic activity has come to a virtual standstill, so we can no longer afford to expect solutions characterized by the phrase ‘Let’s assess the current situation and then decide,’ Putniņš said.

Putniņš noted that the industry currently does not know what restrictions will apply after the state of emergency ends on February 28. He was backed by Normunds Eilands, a representative of industry support companies, and Aldis Janēvics, the head of the NA company, who said: “We just can’t do this one day and another. the next day. It is vital for the industry to operate, earn and pay taxes to the state budget.”

Popular musician Don said: “We are simply calling for all restrictions to be lifted from March 1. And not because that’s what we ourselves want, but because we want a level playing field with the other countries of the European Union. And, of course, our neighbours.”

When the incidence of Covid-19 in Latvia peaked in the fall of 2021, the government declared a state of emergency until January 11. This was then extended until the end of February. The government is due to discuss this week whether to ease or lift restrictions, although Latvia’s Covid-19 infection rate is currently at an all-time high.

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