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2020.04.10 10:00

Lithuania to announce coronavirus exit plan next week

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2020.04.10 10:00

The Lithuanian government is working on a four-point plan on how to lift the quarantine restrictions, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday.

"I believe that we will be able to provide a preliminary outline as early as on Wednesday." he told BNS.

As part of the first stage, the Cabinet may announce a partial easing for the trade and services sector. The second stage would include outdoor cafes, sporting and health promotion services, while the third stage would include the opening of nurseries and schools. Finally, restrictions on major events may also be lifted.

Read more: Lithuanian government extends quarantine, makes facemasks mandatory

All measures would depend on the spread of the coronavirus and could be adjusted if necessary, according to the prime minister.

He called on people to avoid contact and comply, to the extent possible, with the existing personal protection requirements.

“We will attempt to establish preliminary dates, [which] will be very much preliminary," said Skvernelis. "However, if the situation [worsens] or does not improve, or if we see that there are risks, these dates will be simply pushed forward."

Lithuania extended a nationwide quarantine until April 27 in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus.