2020.04.20 17:54

Lithuania may extend quarantine, ease restrictions

BNS2020.04.20 17:54

The Lithuanian government may extend the nationwide quarantine for another two weeks, the country's Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday.

The Cabinet will also decide on Wednesday whether to lift some of the quarantine restrictions for business starting next week.

"Even if the requirements concerning events, social distancing and personal protective equipment are left in place, certain restrictions may be softened," he said.

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Veryga said the authorities were constantly monitoring whether Covid-19 hotspots, such as the town of Nemenčinė north of Vilnius, remain localised.

The government last week allowed for some retailers and services to reopen in the first stage of the four-part quarantine exit plan.

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Meanwhile libraries, museums, health facilities performing non-urgent treatments, hairdressers and beauty salons may be allowed to open in two weeks' time as part of the second stage.

It could also include outdoor cafes and restaurants, shopping and entertainment centres, as well as open-air markets.

In the third stage, all food-serving establishments, health services, sports and entertainment services, and education institutions would be allowed to reopen.

The ban on mass events would be lifted in the fourth stage, to be decided in the future.

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