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Lithuania extends lockdown until May 31, eases restrictions

BC, Vilnius, 06.05.2020.Print version
he Lithuanian government on Wednesday extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown until May 31, but gave the go-ahead for the easing of restrictions on movement to Lithuania from foreign countries, starting from May 11, informs LETA/BNS.

In line with the decisions adopted by the Cabinet at its regular meeting, kindergartens and sports clubs will be allowed to reopen from May 18.

Moreover, all beauty services, such as body care, solarium, tattooing, piercing and others, received the go-ahead to resume on that date, too.

In addition, the government allowed visitors in hospitals, the reopening of dentists’ offices to patients and outdoor events of up to 30 attendees from May 18.

Starting from May 11, the European Union’s (EU) citizens as well as individuals having a national visa will be allowed to come to Lithuania for work, business or educational purposes. They will be subject to 14-day self-isolation.

However, the mandatory two-week self-isolation requirement will not apply to Polish citizens who will be free to come to Lithuania for business, work and educational purposes from May 11.

Also, Lithuania will reopen its borders to citizens from Latvia and Estonia from May 15. Movement of Lithuania’s, Latvia’s and Estonia’s citizens between the three countries will not be restricted and those arriving will not be subject to the self-isolation requirement.

In addition, the government expanded the list of border crossing points that would be reopened for entry into Lithuania by car.

Starting from May 15, entry will be allowed via the Butinge–Rucava and Smelyne–Medumi border checkpoints, in addition to the checkpoints of Kalvarija-Budzisko and Salociai–Grenstale.

Moreover, the Lazdijai-Aradninkai checkpoint at Lithuania’s border with Poland will be reopened for incoming car traffic from Monday, May 11.

Ferry service will be allowed to resume on the routes to Rostock and Travemunde in Germany from the same date, in addition to Kiel.

The government also allowed organizing, from Monday, foreign language qualifying examinations for those willing to enroll in higher education institutions abroad, subject to compliance with the social distancing requirements.

Starting from May 30, indoor events with up to 30 attendees will also be allowed, subject to the same social distancing requirements.

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