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COVID-19-related restrictions (updated on 7 August 2020)

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2020 08 11

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On 16 June 24:00, the three-month long quarantine ended. As of 17 June, emergency situation regime with the following restrictions applied. As of 1 August, protective face masks will be mandatory on public transport and in enclosed shops and service provision spaces. Resolution declaring a state of national emergency in the Lithuanian language is available here.

(Consolidated version effective as of 04-08-2020).

CONTROL OF CROSS-BORDER MOVEMENTS:

  • Restriction of the arrival of regular flights and ferries from the affected countries to Lithuania (the affected countries are those with a total 14-day morbidity rate higher than 25 cases per 100,000 population).
  • Internal border checks are carried out at the state border checkpoints of the airports and of the Klaipėda State Seaport. The movement of persons is restricted at the mentioned checkpoints, also at the border with the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and at the border with the Republic of Belarus. There are six road and two railway border crossing points currently operating at the external land border.
  • Persons returning / arriving from countries that are on the list of countries affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) or persons travelling through the affected countries, except for travelling by air when not leaving the airport transit area, when travelling by air or sea, are required to submit, at the airport or seaport, a completed paper questionnaire to the staff of the National Public Health Centre under the Ministry of Health performing medical-quarantine control (the questionnaire form is available on the website at  https://nvsc.lrv.lt/lt/epidemiologiniu-tyrimu-rezultatai-ir-kita-svarbi-informacija-1/butinosios-proceduros-grizus-is-uzsienio) or the confirmation of the registration with the National Public Health Centre (https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/lt/form), and, when travelling by land transport, they are required to register with the National Public Health Centre within 12 hours of returning / arriving in the Republic of Lithuania (https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/lt/form), as such persons are deemed to have been exposed to the virus. These persons fall subject to mandatory isolation in accordance with the procedure established by the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases in Humans.
  • For those arriving from other countries, i. e. the unaffected countries, no restrictions apply. Travellers are informed and consulted on further steps in case symptoms occur.
  • Passenger control at internal EU borders (Latvia, Poland) is not carried out. Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and persons lawfully residing in the Republic of Lithuania, who return in transit through from the Republic of Poland fall subject to the mandatory 14-day isolation.
  • Foreigners arriving from third countries are required to stay in isolation for 2 weeks (details here).
  • For an updated list of countries for the mandatory isolation of 14 days upon return, see here. The list is updated every Friday. Interactive map.

RESTRICTIONS ON ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES:

  • Services and trade in public places:
    • safety distance of 2 meters, may be less if there is a partition or if personal protective equipment is worn;
    • distances in queues are at least 1 meter;
    • disinfection; disinfection of trolleys/baskets at points of sale;
    • hand hygiene (washing or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • personal protective equipment will be mandatory for visitors over 6 years of age, buyers, service users, also to the staff.
  • Leisure and entertainment places:
    • queue distances of at least 1 meter;
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • it is recommended that staff wears personal protective equipment.

 

  • Catering establishments (restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, and other places of entertainment):
    • safety distance of 2 meters among persons sitting at tables, may be less if partitions are installed;
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • it is recommended that staff wears personal protective equipment;
    • any presentation of food is unrestricted (buffet, counter);
    • working hours are not limited.
  • Activities of gambling houses (casinos) and amusement arcades, bingo halls:
    • queue distances of at least 1 meter;
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • it is recommended that employees and visitors wear personal protective equipment.
  • Events:
    • From 1 August 2020 to 15 August 2020, events will be arranged and held outdoors with the maximum of 1000 spectators and/ or participants (excluding performers, athletes that participate in high-performance athletic competitions, specialists of high-performance sports and physical activity, instructors of high-performance sports and physical activity, referees, anti-doping officers, organisers and service personnel), and indoors with the maximum of 500 spectators and/ or participants (excluding performers, athletes that participate in high-performance athletic competitions, specialists of high-performance sports and physical activity, instructors of high-performance sports and physical activity, referees, anti-doping officers, organisers and service personnel;
    • it is recommended to wear personal protective equipment;
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed.
    • As of 1 September, the number of participants (spectators) of cultural and sports events will not limited. However, events will have to be organized in accordance with the decisions of the Minister of Health, State Commander of National Emergency Operations.

         MANDATORY PROTECTIVE FACE MAKS:

          As of 1 August, face masks shall be mandatory:

  • On public transport.
  • In enclosed shops, including supermarket premises, and service provision spaces.

               Exceptions:

  • In public catering facilities.
  • During cultural and sporting events.
  • Where a service cannot be provided to a customer wearing a mask (e.g., beard trimming), the customer will be able to stay without a mask during the provision of the service. 
  • While exercising in sports clubs and staying in amusement parks (e.g. swimming pools).
  • As of 7 August, mask-wearing exemptions have been introduced for some people with disabilities. They may not wear masks or other respiratory protective equipment in points of provision of services, leisure and entertainment facilities, sports competitions and events, airports, public transport and workplace, provided they cannot wear it due to their health condition or this could adversely affect the health of the person with disability.

      For more details, see here.

RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES:

  • Educational activities:
    • Unrestricted, if the necessary conditions for public health safety, hygiene, provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment are ensured:
      • disinfection;
      • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
      • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed.
    • Continued remotely if the specified conditions cannot be met.

  • Social services:
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • the use of personal protective equipment is recommended.
  • Health care:
    • services renewal plan;
    • management of visitor flows in accordance with the procedure established by the head of the institution;
    • promotion of remote services, enabling the choice of the method of healthcare service provision that best meets the patient’s expectations;
    • enhanced infection control;
    • provision and use of personal protective equipment;
    • testing strategy.

 

 Government of the Republic of Lithuania