2020.04.21 11:30

Lithuania plans further easing of restrictions while extending quarantine

BNS, 2020.04.21 11:30

The Lithuanian government plans to extend the nationwide coronavirus quarantine until May 11, but will ease some restrictions in place since mid-March, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday.

“The issue will be discussed at the Cabinet meeting [on Wednesday]. There is a proposal to extend it until May 11,” Skvernelis told reporters.

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Lithuania introduced the quarantine on March 16 and extended it until April 27.

“At the same meeting, we will decide on reopening other business activities [...] such as outdoor cafes and certain beauty services,” he added.

The government will also consider allowing non-urgent health services and some outdoor sporting activities to resume, as well as museums and libraries.

Reopening kindergartens, however, is not on the agenda in the nearest future, Skvernelis said.

Because of the high proportion of elderly employees, who are considered a risk group, not all may be allowed to return to work even if kindergartens are reopened, the prime minister said.

The government will return to the question in May, he said, after hearing recommendations from health experts, he added.

The government eased some restrictions last week, allowing some retail and service businesses to reopen. It also drafted a four-stage plan for exiting the coronavirus quarantine.

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