Lithuania to consider relaxing quarantine if situation remains stable – minister

  • 2020-04-02
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Lithuanian government is ready to consider gradually relaxing quarantine requirements for trading and catering venues if the situation around the spread of the coronavirus remains stable, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga says, adding, however, it's still too soon to speak about specific steps.

"If we manage to maintain certain stability, then we could open that gate a bit more for our residents to be able to access more services," the minister told a press conference on Thursday. "We cannot speak about relaxing certain restrictions as we still experience growth, but we need to get prepared for the exit from this quarantine situation and we need to start thinking under what circumstances residents could be allow to leave more, and to probably revive certain trading venues, perhaps catering venues and setting certain conditions."

According to the minister, decisions will be made following consultations with infection specialists and epidemiologists to avoid a sudden jump in the number of coronavirus infections once the existing measures are relaxed.

Veryga said, for example, mandatory temperature checks might be introduced for people, as well as the requirement for them to wear facemasks and gloves and to register on a mobile app to be able to trace back contacts following infection.

Lithuanian has been placed under quarantine until April 13, with the majority of shops, cafes, bars closed.