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2020.05.13 16:10

Lithuania eases restrictions: indoor cafes to open, masks no longer mandatory

LRT.lt2020.05.13 16:10

The Lithuanian government is moving ahead with the next phase of easing quarantine measures. 

Starting on Thursday, facemasks and cover will no longer be mandatory in most public places, and indoor restaurants and cafes will be allowed to reopen on Monday.

Meanwhile, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has said the quarantine will be extended beyond May 31.

From May 14

The wearing of facemasks in outdoor public spaces will no longer be mandatory, but still recommended. Covering your face outdoors is still mandatory in markets and other shops and places of commerce, events, tours, as well as public transport stops and stations.

However, masks will still be mandatory for anyone above the age of six in indoor spaces, except when eating, drinking or exercising.

Gathering in groups of up to five people will also be allowed.

From May 15

Residents as well as citizens of Estonia and Latvia will be able to enter Lithuania, provided they had not travelled outside the Baltic states in the previous 14 days.

Also, residents of Poland will be allowed to enter Lithuania for work, business or studies.

Read more: Lithuania eases travel restrictions for Baltic, Polish residents and citizens

From May 18

All indoor places, including restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, casinos and entertainment venues, will be allowed to open between 08:00 and 22:00.

The indoor establishments need to ensure a space of five square metres per person, instead of the previously required 10 square metres.

Outdoor events with up to 30 people will also be allowed.

Restrictions will also be lifted on healthcare services, allowing non-essential treatments to resume.

Sports activities will be allowed to resume, but will have to ensure five square metres per person and 2-metre distances between individuals.

The Fabijoniškių swimming pool and gym has already announced it will be reopening, but will limit the number of visitors, according to Vilnius municipality.

From May 25

Primary schools will be allowed, but not required, to resume teaching in classrooms. Face-to-face consultations for school students preparing for graduation exams will be allowed, as well as classes for students with special needs.

Higher and professional education will be allowed to resume courses that cannot be held remotely.

From May 30

Professional sport is allowed to resume, but without spectators.

Spas will be able to reopen. Meanwhile, private events with fewer than 30 people will be allowed to take place outdoors and indoors.

Indoor events, with a limit of 30 people and 10 square metres per person with 2-metre distances, will be allowed to resume.

According to the Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, the allowed number of attendees could be increased in the future.

Schools will be allowed to hold consultations, both individual and in groups, and provide support for students who weren’t able to follow remote teaching.