2020.04.30 10:45

Lithuanian police to step up patrols, use drones during long weekend

BNS 2020.04.30 10:45

As Lithuania is heading for a three-day weekend that includes Mother's Day on Sunday, the country's authorities are stepping up effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The police will patrol in the country's resort towns and at cemeteries and use drones to make sure that people comply with quarantine rules, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Thursday.

“The major focus will be on resort areas, parks, seaside areas, beaches, and also cemeteries will be the place that will receive more attention from municipal administrations and our officers,” the minister told reporters on Thursday.

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Police patrols will be looking that people wear facemasks and maintain safe distances, the minister said.

Police Commissioner General Renatas Požėla said traffic police would be randomly stopping cars at checkpoints.

“We are reserving the right to randomly check vehicles and their passengers [to see] whether they observe quarantine requirements,” he said.

According to the interior minister, police officers will be assisted by municipal employees and members of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union. Police presence will be increased by about 40 percent, with around 800 patrol officers working over the long weekend.

“Patrols in resort municipalities will start at 7:00,” Tamašunienė said, adding that drones might be involved in certain patrolled areas.

“The key thing is to ensure that people do not congregate and keep the distance,” she underlined.

There will be no restrictions on traveling within the country, however, like the ones that were put in place over the Easter weekend.