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2021.04.02 15:33

Lithuania's shopping malls look to reopen in mid-April

Paulius Viluckas, BNS2021.04.02 15:33

All shops in Lithuania, including those in shopping malls, may be allowed to reopen in mid-April, the head of a retailers' association said on Friday.

The move could be approved by the cabinet next week and take effect on April 12, Rūta Vainienė, the director of the Lithuanian Association of Retail Companies, said after Friday's meeting with the prime minister and the ministers for economy and health.

“The plan, not yet a decision, is to consider next Wednesday the reopening of shopping centres,” she said.

Under current rules, only essential shops and those with direct street access are allowed to operate. This excludes most non-food shops located in shopping malls.

If they are allowed to reopen, shops will most probably be required to test their employees on a regular basis and control shopper flows, according to Vainienė.