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Shopping malls in Latvia extend opening hours on Friday

BC, Riga, 18.12.2020.Print version
Several shopping malls have extended their opening hours on Friday, LETA learned after talking to Riga shopping centers.

Spice and Spice Home malls will be open until midnight on Friday. Usually the two malls are open until 10 p.m. On weekends and holidays, Spice and Spice Home will be closed for the most part - only a few grocery stores, pharmacies and stores selling hygiene products will be open at these shopping centers.

Spice decided to extend opening hours, taking into consideration that the number of shoppers had increased and in view of the new restrictions on retail trade that will take effect Monday, December 21. Spice urges customers to go to the malls when the number of visitors is the lowest.

Domina Shopping has also extended opening hours until 11 p.m. on Friday. From Monday, December 21, and until January 11 only grocery stores and stores selling hygiene products, pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, alcohol and tobacco stores, newsstands, prepaid mobile phone card outlets will be open at Domina Shopping.

Stockmann has also extended opening hours on Friday until 11 p.m. All stores at the mall will be open today.

Alfa shopping mall will also be open until midnight today.

As reported, to contain the spread of Covid-19, Latvia has introduced a state of emergency from November 9 to January 11, introducing requirements to wear face masks indoors, restrictions on gathering of people, trade of non-essential goods at weekends and during holidays. Today, the government decided on even harsher restrictions. The harsher restrictions aim at reducing human contacts outside households.

Only stores selling food products hygiene goods and necessity goods, tobacco products, plant tobacco goods, electronic smoking devices and liquids, pet food and products, press, public transport tickets, face masks and individual protection products, local agricultural produce, pre-paid mobile cards, flowers and Christmas trees.

Construction materials and goods may be sold in wholesale.

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