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2020.05.12 13:34

Lithuanian PM hints at allowing indoor restaurants to reopen next week

Milena Andrukaitytė, BNS2020.05.12 13:34

Indoor cafes and restaurants may be allowed to reopen on May 18, if they can meet coronavirus safety requirements, Lithuania's prime minister has suggested.

“If an agreement is reached with businesses on how to ensure safety in cafes, it may happen from [May] 18,” Saulius Skvernelis told reporters on Tuesday.

So far, bars, cafes and restaurants in Lithuania have been allowed to serve customers outdoors.

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On Wednesday, Lithuania's cabinet will discuss further relaxing coronavirus quarantine restrictions, including reopening schools and allowing food-serving businesses to open their indoor seating areas.

“We'll see after the meeting. We've been consistently moving on the path of easing the conditions and reopening the economy,” Skvernelis said.

The government allowed cafes to reopen on the last week of April, but seating is only allowed outdoors. Moreover, only two customers are allowed to be seated at tables which must be at least two meters apart.