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The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to place the country under a three-week nationwide lockdown from Saturday in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Lithuania goes into three-week nationwide lockdown from Saturday
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"In light of the unfavorable COVID-19 epidemiological situation, we propose to announce quarantine in the entire territory of Lithuania," Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the Cabinet while introducing the measure.

The lockdown will be in effect from midnight on November 7 through November 29.

Restaurants, bars and cafes will only be allowed to provide take-away services during the lockdown.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, malls, farmers' markets and other retailers will not be closed, but will have to ensure a space of at least 10 square meters per client.

Hairdressers, beauty salons and other service providers will also be allowed to remain open as long as they ensure 10 square meters per customer or serve only one customer at a time.

Visits to wellness, health and recreation centers, and cultural, leisure entertainment and sports establishments will be banned. However, gyms will remain open to professional athletes and those who exercise alone.

All outdoor and indoor commercial and non-commercial cultural, entertainment, sporting events, fairs and festivals and scheduled public gatherings will be prohibited. The ban will not apply to high-performance sporting events without spectators.

No more than 10 people, not including close family members, will be allowed to attend funerals.

Facemasks will be mandatory for everyone aged over six years in all public spaces, with a few exceptions.

Face coverings will not be required while exercising outdoors, and outside residential areas if there are no people within a radius of at least 20 meters, except for family members.

Passengers on public transport will have to be seated at least a meter apart from one another, with no standing passengers allowed.

People are advised to avoid non-essential travel and leave their home only to go to work, buy products and seek medical help or other services.

People are recommended to avoid close contacts outside their families or socialize with groups of up to two households.

No restrictions will be placed on kindergartens and primary schools. Basic and secondary schools will either move a part of their classes online or switch to all-remote teaching.

Healthcare institutions will have to manage their patient flows.

Hospital visits will be banned, but family members may be allowed to visit severely ill patients, children under 14 years and patients in maternity wards.

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