2020.11.04 15:28

Lithuania to introduce nationwide quarantine, close gyms and theatres

LRT.lt2020.11.04 15:28

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to put the country under a nationwide quarantine, imposing restrictions on public life and businesses. The measure will come into effect on Saturday and will last at least until November 29.

“In view of the unfavourable Covid-19 epidemiological situation, we propose a quarantine throughout the territory of Lithuania,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the cabinet when introducing the measure.

At the moment, local quarantines are in effect in 21 out of 60 municipalities, including the main cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda.

The following rules and recommendations will be in effect during the quarantine:

– People are advised to avoid contacts outside their households. Private contacts should be limited to two households and up to 10 people.

– People must not congregate in public places in groups bigger than five people, unless they are members of the same household. Groups must maintain at least 2-metre distances and avoid physical contact.

– No more than 10 close family members are allowed to attend occasions like funerals and weddings.

– Moving around the country is allowed, but people are recommended to avoid unnecessary travel.

– Restaurants and cafes are only allowed to serve food to take away.

– No restrictions are imposed on supermarkets and pharmacies. Other retailers must manage client flows, maintaining 10 square metres per customer.

– Hairdressers, beauty salons and tattoo parlors are allowed to remain open, but are required to manage client flows.

– Gyms, swimming pools, SPA centres, museums, cinemas, and theaters will be closed.

– Sporting events are allowed without spectators.

– Nurseries and primary schools will remain open, while secondary schools must move at least 50 percent of their classes online. Colleges and universities must switch to remote teaching.

– Health care institutions must continue providing necessary care, while non-necessary treatments can be suspended to ensure resources for Covid-19 effort and essential care.

– Public transport may limit the number of passenger to ensure that at least 1-metre distance is maintained.

– Facemasks are mandatory in all public places, including on the street. Masks are not required for children under six, during exercise, and outside towns and villages where distances of at least 20 metres can be maintained.

– Hospital visits will not be allowed, except for family members visiting terminal patients, children under 14 and patients in maternity wards.