Posts published in Day: April 1, 2021

Wind park near Ventspils to start construction in April

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Estonian energy group Utilitas says in April it is starting construction work on a wind park at Tārgale in Ventspils region, ten years after permission for the site was originally granted. It is scheduled that the wind park will be completed in the autumn of 2022 with 14 wind turbines with a total capacity of 58,8 MW. “Latvia is blessed with river Daugava ensuring a sustainable supply of hydroelectricity. This is a…

Travel exception for Latvians going to Estonia will be cancelled

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Estonia will remove the existing travel exceptions for Latvia, Lithuania and Finland and travelers will be required to quarantine on arrival from April 5, ERR News reports. The Estonian Government Communications Office said anyone who has been vaccinated or had coronavirus in the last six months is exempt from the 10-day quarantine period. Quarantine can be shortened with two negative tests, one taken no longer than 72 hours before departure…

Latvia: Smaller stores can re-open from April 7

Thursday, April 1, 2021

After Easter the easter holidays, from April 7, most smaller retail stores will be able to resume in-person trading, but large shopping malls will still have restrictions in place and only certain stores will be able to work in them, the government agreed on Thursday, April 1. According to experts, the risk of people gathering in malls and shopping centers is too high, therefore only certain types of stores will be allowed to…

638 new cases of Covid-19 registered in Latvia

Thursday, April 1, 2021

On Thursday, April 1, Latvia recorded 638 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), almost the same as the 630 cases recorded 24 hours previously. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 103,001. Of 18,174 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 3.5% were positive, down on the 3.9% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading…

Estonia: State forestry commission reports 2020 revenue of €187.5 million

Thursday, April 1, 2021

State forestry commission the RMK has reported a revenue of €187.5 million and operating profits of €82.4 million for 2020. Over half of the profit arose from the sale of land in southwest Estonia earmarked for a wind farm. The annual report showed good results, RMK board chair Hardi Tullus said, while good progress was made in conservation and recreational areas, he added. €42.9 million of the operating profits arose…

“2 million reasons to get vaccinated” campaign launched

Thursday, April 1, 2021

An information campaign has been launched encouraging the public to take up the chance to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Titled “Two million reasons to get vaccinated” — a reference to the approximately 2 million population of Latvia —  the first publicity wave features well known public figures including musicians, sports stars, actors, academics and medics on the front line explaining why they intend to get vaccinated at the first opportunity. The reasons…

Baltic birdsong for Spring: Chiffchaf, Wood Pigeon, Wren

Thursday, April 1, 2021

The days are longer and everything is waking up after a long, hard winter. Spring is also the time when migratory birds return to Latvia. But which ones, and how can you recognize their songs? Here’s another selection of the original twittersphere’s greatest hits so that by the time you’re swinging lazily in a sun-drenched hammock you won’t even need to open your eyes to know what’s up in the branches above.…

airBaltic to restart Tallinn-Munich flights in May

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Latvian airline company airBaltic will relaunch flights between Tallinn and Munich three times a week from May 1. The flights will depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Currently, airBaltic flies direct to Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Oslo, Stockholm and Riga. The company plans to starts flying to Brussels, Malaga, Paris and Vilnius in the coming months. Read more: ERR.EE

Minister of Health: too soon for ‘live queues’ at vaccination centers

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Until supply issues have been fully resolved and the most at-risk groups have been vaccinated, it is too early to see a so-called “live queue” or line for vaccination at Covid-19 vaccination centers, Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts (“Development/For!”) said March 31 during an interview on the LTV show “Today’s Question”. Covid-19 vaccines are currently being made available to physicians, seniors over the age of 70, and people with chronic illnesses. The Minister noted that the…