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Lithuania enacts lockdown exit plan

Lithuania enacts lockdown exit plan

Shopping centres and entertainment venues will reopen from 19 April with strings attached

As of Monday, 19 April, Lithuania starts reopening its businesses under the lockdown exit plan which was proposed by the Health Ministry and approved by the government on Thursday.

Lockdown fatigue

"Taking into account the fact that a strict lockdown regime has already been in place for almost four months and is having an increasingly negative impact on people's mental and physical state, and the whole society is tired of the lockdown, measures are needed to improve this situation. Therefore, certain lockdown easing should be considered,” said Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys, quoted by LRT.

The following businesses will resume operation under certain conditions:

April 19

  • shopping centres (excluding those at marketplaces; 20 sq m per person or serving one customer at a time; closed at weekends save for outlets with direct outdoor access)
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls (up to 150 seated spectators, tickets sold online, no food on sale during events)
  • small indoor and outdoor events (up to 50 people)

April 22

  • outdoor spaces of cafes, bars, and restaurants (open 07:00- 21:00, maximum two customers at one table if not from the same household)
  • indoor cafes in airports and seaports
  • sightseeing tours (up to 10 people)

April 26

  • gyms and sports facilities (20 sq m per person)
  • group exercises (5+1 cap)
  • pools, saunas in hotels (limited to one household)
  • pools for school children

May 3

  • all marketplaces (15-20 sq m per person)

Benefits for people with immunity

The Health Ministry proposes a selective relaxation of some restrictions for people with coronavirus immunity (achieved after recovery from infection or through vaccination).

From 22 April, such persons would be allowed to gather in groups of up to 10 people. They would also be free to visit residents of all care facilities and hospital patients.

Some 546,300 people or almost a fifth of Lithuania's population have received at least one shot of a coronavirus vaccine, the country's statistics office revealed on Friday. According to the latest figures, some 204,500 people, or 7.3 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

Neringa and Birštonas are the leading municipalities in the vaccination rollout, with 34.5 and 32.3 percent of their residents respectively having received at least one jab. 1,088 new coronavirus infections and seven deaths nationwide over the last 24 hours were reported on Friday morning.

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