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Lithuania brings back mandatory face masks in shops, public transport

BC, Vilnius, 29.07.2020.Print version
The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to reintroduce the requirement to wear face masks in shops and on public transport as of August 1st, 2020 in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, informs LETA/BNS.

"The situation in Lithuania and all over the world is getting worse as infection numbers are increasing. To protect our economy and send a clear signal that we aren't going to close (businesses), we'll ask and demand that the public wear face masks," Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said at the Cabinet's meeting.

"We propose (mandatory) wearing of face masks on public transport and in indoor retail premises and services establishments, except for food service establishments and sports and cultural events," he added.

The requirement will take effect on Saturday to give time for businesses and people to prepare, but everyone is strongly recommended to start wearing face masks now, according to the minister. 

"That recommendation is already in place and we emphasize it even more now," he said. 

Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas, who is standing in for Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis while he is on vacation, confirmed at a news conference later on Wednesday that face masks would not be mandatory in food service establishments and during cultural and sports events.   

Wearing face masks in public settings became optional, but still recommended, after the government lifted the three-month coronavirus lockdown in mid-June.

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