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2021.07.01 10:03

Lithuania officially exits quarantine, though some restrictions remain

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS2021.07.01 10:03

Lithuania has lifted its nationwide quarantine that has been in place for more than six months. However, some restrictions, including requirements to wear facemasks indoors, remain in place.

As of Thursday, there are no restrictions on social contacts between households or how many clients are allowed in shops and offices at one time, the Ministry of Health said.

The government had also lifted the requirement to switch to telework whenever possible and all restrictions on classroom teaching.

However, wearing of facemasks will remain mandatory in public indoor spaces, including shopping malls, as well as public transport, indoor common areas or meetings at work.

Facemasks will not be required when doing sports or providing services that cannot be rendered while wearing a facemask. Masks will not be required outdoors either.

Catering services can be provided without restrictions both outdoors and indoors. Restrictions on various entertainment venues have also been lifted.

The number of attendees at outdoor events will not be restricted from now on. However, all participants or spectators of either indoor or outdoor events organised for viewers without an immunity pass will have to be seated.

In addition to catering establishments, restaurants, cafes and bars, nightclubs and other social venues as well as gambling and betting venues will be allowed to operate, but will have to comply with the safe social distance requirement. Moreover, the number of people in saunas and swimming pools will no longer be restricted.

Restrictions on prison visits have also been lifted and families and friends will be free to visit patients in hospitals.

The quarantine in Lithuania was introduced on November 7 and was officially in force until midnight on June 30.

More information about pandemic-related restrictions here

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