2020.04.27 17:30

Quarantine in Lithuania not likely to end on May 11 – minister

BNS2020.04.27 17:30

The coronavirus quarantine in Lithuania is likely to be extended beyond May 11, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says.

“The likelihood that the quarantine will be lifted on May 11 is minimal,” Veryga told a news conference on Monday, adding that the government would probably extend the measure.

The Lithuanian government decided last Wednesday to extend the quarantine, originally introduced in mid-March, until May 11. However, some restrictions have been eased.

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According to the minister, certain restrictions will remain in place for some time.

“Let's understand that quarantine means much more than operating shops or going out to public places. It also includes certain requirements on isolation, self-isolation and movement,” Veryga said.

“I don't even know what should happen for all the quarantine requirements to be lifted on May 11,” he added.

According to the minister, restrictions will be gradually eased, if the rate of new coronavirus infections continues to decline.

The government has allowed for shops and most businesses to reopen this week, even though people are still required to wear face masks in public and keep distance.

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