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COVID-19-related restrictions (updated on 18 November 2020)

Date

2020 11 11

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Resolution declaring quarantine on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania is available here (unofficial translation) (consolidated version as of 20-11-2020).  

Quarantine in the entire territory of Lithuania from 7 November 2020, 00:00, until 29 November 2020, 24:00.

RESTRICTIONS

Events

There will be no indoor or outdoor commercial or non-commercial cultural, entertainment, sporting events, celebrations, fairs, festivals or other mass gatherings arranged in public locations of a certain duration at a scheduled time except:

  • high-performance sporting events without spectators;
  • funerals attended by maximum 10 persons, except family members and persons providing funeral services;

 

It is recommended to:

  • restrict movement for non-essential reasons; leave the place of residence only for the purpose of work, shopping, health and other services;
  • hold no private parties in private premises or to hold them with the participation of no more than 10 people wearing face masks;
  • restrict close contact with members of other families and/or households or meet with members of no more than 2 families and/or households wearing masks.

 

Catering establishments (restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, and other places of entertainment) 

Public catering facilities, restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, other entertainment venues, gambling houses (casinos), amusement arcades, bingo halls, betting and totalisator outlets shall be closed except in the case of:

  • takeaway food or where food can be otherwise delivered to natural and legal persons;
  • catering provided to the staff of enterprises, establishments or organisations working on shifts, in the territories and/or premises of such enterprises, establishments or organisations;
  • catering provided in educational, social care, health care, national defence, penitentiary establishments, remand prisons, the Foreigners’ Registration Centre or other establishments, where catering is required by the operational profile of these establishments.

It is banned to provide services of leisure, sports equipment operation, sports clubs, fitness centres, entertainment, recreation, swimming pools, saunas (except public baths for personal hygiene), discos, dance halls, cinemas and cinema clubs. There will be no visits to leisure establishments, nor will the premises intended to provide leisure services be rented, subleased or lent for arranging private events, celebrations and other gatherings. This will not apply in the case of:

  • high-performance athletic training;

  • individual (for one visitor) physical activity training sessions provided by a physical activity or sports professional, instructor or physical activity or sports professional service provider.

Protective face masks  

 

  • Protective face masks are mandatory in all public places (for all from the age of 6). Exceptions apply in the case of: 
    • exercising individuals;
    • professionals of high-performance sports and physical activity participating in high-performance sports training and competitions, high-performance sports and physical activity instructors and referees;
    • during the provision of a service where a service cannot be provided when a customer is wearing a mask;
    • persons with disability who cannot wear a mask due to their health condition or where it can adversely affect their health condition. They are recommended to wear a face shield instead;
    • when outside populated areas (cities, towns, villages, single-homestead settlements and dacha (garden) settlements) and when there are no other people within the radius of 20 metres, except for family members;
    • children over the age of 6 who are educated under pre-school, pre-primary and primary education programmes will not be required to wear protective equipment covering nose and mouth (face masks, respirators or other equipment) while in education establishments and/or their territories.

 

A face mask must be worn in common areas of accommodation.

 

It is recommended to wear a face mask at a private party, if held, or when socialising with members of other families / households.

Domestic movement 

In public places, groups of no more than 5 people except family members (with 2 metres distance between people or groups (up to 5 people or family members). 

 

Passengers travelling by public transport (city, long-distance and suburban) will be required to travel seated maintaining the distance of at least one meter between each other.

 

It is recommended to:

  • restrict movement for non-essential reasons; leave the place of residence only for the purpose of work, shopping, health and other services;
  • hold no private parties in private premises or to hold them with the participation of no more than 10 people wearing face masks;
  • restrict close contact with members of other families and/or households or meet with members of no more than 2 families and/or households wearing masks.

 

Public and private sector  

 

  • Mixed or remote work is required in the public sector, except when relevant functions cannot be performed remotely. 
  • This requirement is recommended for the private sector too. 

 

  • The total of 10 sq. m. market space per visitor must be ensured or only one visitor served at a time in shops, supermarkets, marketplaces and other public points of sale and territories in their vicinity, while ensuring the conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment (hereinafter ‘conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision’).
  • The total of 10 sq. m. space per visitor must be ensured or only one visitor served at a time at points of service (except points of accommodation service), while ensuring other conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision.
  • Requirements for accommodation sector:
    • accommodation of a maximum of 2 people in one room, except for family members;
    • ensuring that everyone wears a face mask and maintains a distance of at least 2 meters between people or groups of people (up to 5 people or family members) in common areas;
    • ensuring other conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision.

 

  • Wellness centres providing recreational services shall be closed.
  • There will be no visits to cultural, leisure, entertainment and sports establishments, and no physical services will be provided to visitors, except high-performance athletic training, individual (for one visitor) physical activity training sessions provided by a physical activity or sports professional, instructor or physical activity or sports professional service provider, and physical provision of services in libraries, while ensuring other conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision.
  • Leisure, entertainment and sports establishments shall not rent, sublease or transfer free of charge (under lease agreement) premises managed by them by the right of ownership or on other lawful grounds for private events, celebrations and other gatherings.

 

Education 

  • pre-school, pre-primary and primary education will be provided following the conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision;
  • pre-secondary and secondary education will be carried out fully or partly online, except special needs schools and special needs classes in general education schools following the programmes of pre-secondary (individualised pre-secondary education) and secondary (development of social skills), ensuring the conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision;
  • non-formal education for children will be carried out remotely or discontinued, except programmes that ensure the conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision and:
  • are carried out in schools that offer an in-person learning or a mixture of in-person and remote learning, in the context of that school's curriculum, extended day group or full-time school activities;
  • are organised in open spaces (outdoors);
  • are carried out in the form of private tuition / education;
  • are carried out in the premises of a teacher working with only one group of no more than 5 learners and only in one establishment, ensuring 10 sq. m. per learner;

 

  • non-formal adult education and non-formal vocational training will be provided remotely or discontinued, except when education is provided in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision for groups of up to 5 people, in premises where education is provided, ensuring 10 sq. m. per learner;
  • vocational education and training (or its part), with the exception of initial vocational training combined with a social skills programme, and higher education studies (or their part) will be provided remotely ensuring the conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision;
  • education assistance will be provided in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Commander of Operations’ decision in the same way as education is provided at schools and by other education providers or remotely; 
  • children over the age of 6 who are educated under pre-school, pre-primary and primary education programmes will not be required to wear protective equipment covering nose and mouth (face masks, respirators or other equipment) while in education establishments and/or their territories.

 

Health  

 

  • no visits of patients in health care establishments, except when visiting terminally ill patients, children under 14 years of age and patients in maternity wards at the permission of the manager of that establishment.
  • an outpatient health care professional will have to choose the method of service provision that best suits the patient's interests - contact or remote. Contact services will include:
  • dental services;
  • health care services for pregnant women, mothers and newborns;
  • vaccination services for children and adults under the National Immunoprophylaxis Programme;
  • disease prevention programmes;
  • preventive health screening services for individuals applying for a job in an area of activity that involves exposure to certain risk factors.

 

  • Inpatient personal health care services for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) (hereinafter ‘COVID-19 services’) will be organised on a clustering-territorial principle in accordance with the Annex to this Resolution and in accordance with the requirements laid down within the remit of the Minister for Health and the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. The provision of COVID-19 services will be organised by health care establishments (hereinafter ‘organising health care establishments’) listed in the Annex to this Resolution, which have units for infectious diseases or human resources to organise the containment of infectious diseases, and which organise and coordinate COVID-19 services in the territory of operation specified in the Annex to this Resolution. To ensure the provision of COVID-19 services, the organising health care establishments will mobilise other health care establishments that are in the territory of ​​operation and that are listed in the Annex to this Resolution (hereinafter ‘mobilised health care establishments’) for the provision of COVID-19 services. Instructions given by the organising health care establishments on COVID-19 services to the mobilised health care establishments will be mandatory (unless otherwise provided by law). The procedure for organising COVID-19 services is laid down within the remit of the Minister for Health and the State Commander of National Emergency Operations;
  • The State Commander of National Emergency Operations takes a decision to appoint a coordinator for the activities of the organising health care establishments (hereinafter ‘coordinator’) to coordinate the provision of COVID-19 services. The coordinator organises the provision of COVID-19 services in cooperation with mayors and directors of administrations. The instructions of the coordinator are mandatory for both the organising health care establishments and the mobilised health care establishments (unless otherwise provided by law).

 

Social care  

 

  • No visits to residential social care establishments, foster families, group and community homes, except when visiting residents in terminal condition or when a visit is related to the performance of duties.
  • Social care services will be provided in residential social care establishments and in person’s home in accordance with the conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for public health safety, hygiene and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment.

 

Prison visits

Long-term and short-term visits in penitentiary establishments and remand prisons will be restricted.

Visiting refugees

In Foreigners’ Registration Centre (‘FRC’):

  • asylum seekers staying in the FRC and holding the right to move in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania will not be allowed to leave the FRC for more than 2 hours per day;
  • foreigners staying in the FRC will not be visited except their lawyers.

 

Religious gatherings 

  • Religious communities are recommended to hold religious services remotely (except funerals attended by maximum 10 persons excluding family members and persons providing funeral services) or in such a way as to avoid gatherings (while ensuring 10 sq. m. per person and maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters between people or groups of people (up to 5 people or family members); or to refrain from performing religious services.

Arrival from abroad 

Restrictions and mandatory procedures for arrivals from abroad