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2020.04.06 13:43

Lithuania to restrict entry to all cities, towns over Easter weekend

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Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2020.04.06 13:43

Entry to all cities and towns in Lithuania will be restricted over the upcoming Easter weekend, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Monday.

"The police will ensure compliance and they will enlist the help of the military, the Riflemen's Union, police supporters, and other helpers if necessary," he posted on Facebook, adding that the municipalities "will be asked to [...] limit all unnecessary entries into cities and towns".

Read more: Almost 400 people barred from leaving Lithuania due to quarantine

Exceptions will apply to those traveling to attend funerals of relatives, in cases of serious illness or accidents, or those travelling to perform essential work or to provide medical assistance.

The ban will not apply to those who travel to other municipalities where they have real estate.

"We all miss our grandparents, parents and other family members living elsewhere. But the best thing we can do today for them and ourselves is not to [...] visit them on Easter," wrote Skvernelis.

People who must self-isolate will be strictly checked, and shopping centers will be asked to ensure proper regulation of shoppers' flows, he added.

"The final decision on the aforementioned measures will be made at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday," according to Skvernelis.

He also hinted that the existing quarantine measures could be relaxed if the situation does not worsen, but did not provide any details.

"The upcoming weekend is really critical. I am asking everyone to focus and act responsibly. If everything goes well, it might happen so that we will be able to gradually move to a more relaxed regime," the prime minister said.

The Easter weekend falls on April 11–12.