2020.12.15 11:45

Lithuania to set up 250 checkpoints during lockdown

LRT.lt2020.12.15 11:45

Some 250 checkpoints will be set up across Lithuania on weekends and during the holidays to enforce movement restrictions, Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė said on Tuesday.  

“People will be checked on their way to enter cities” and towns across the country, she told reporters.

The Riflemen’s Union, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), military police units, and other officers will assist the police in manning the posts.

The checkpoints will be set up on weekends on holidays from December 18 to December 20, from December 23 to December 27, and December 31 to January 3. The checkpoints will operate between 13:00 and 21:00

On the days and times when the checkpoints are not in operation, the police will patrol the streets and can carry out checks on the spot.

"There will be mobile controls and we'll have 60 extra crews on the streets," said Bilotaitė.

People travelling between municipalities should have their IDs or other means to identify themselves and back their reason for travel. A digital copy is enough. The police have pledged to use common sense and look at every situation on a case-by-case basis.

If in doubt, people can call a special hotline, 8700 60000, to enquire whether they are able to travel under their circumstances.

Train and bus operators have previously said that connections will continue, but likely under a reduced schedule. Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė also said that intercity transport will continue to operate. However, she did not say what measures will be taken to ensure compliance with the lockdown restrictions.

She also previously said the enforcement of rules will largely depend on people themselves.

“We don’t have that many police officers to control every person,” she told reporters on Monday. “We are all making an assumption that people have enough awareness.”

However, the government has also prepared a stricter plan, but will not use it unless the coronavirus situation in the country worsens, according to Interior Minister Agne Bilotaitė. She did not disclose any further information.