2020.03.24 11:36

Supermarkets in Lithuania ordered to limit shopper flows

BNS 2020.03.24 11:36

Supermarkets and pharmacies in Lithuania will have to limit flows of shoppers and take measures to ensure in-store safety for their staff and customers, according to the government's latest instructions.

However, the document that was signed on Monday by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, who heads the State Emergency Operations Centre, does not specify how it is to be done.

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The minister had earlier issued non-binding recommendations for shops to regulate shopper flows to ensure social distancing.

Supermarkets are now also required to disinfect shopping baskets and trolleys after each use.

They must enforce at least one-metre distances between customers at checkout lines and make sure that their cachiers are at least two metres apart. Customers should be encouraged to avoid paying in cash.

The recommendations also suggest installing partitions between staff and customers where possible.

The new order also bans shopping in groups of more than two people and prohibits those in self-isolation from visiting shops.

Retailers say customer flows have declined and tighter regulation may have the opposite effect, forcing people to crowd outside supermarkets.

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