Lithuanian health minister expects lockdown to be extended

  • 2020-11-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday he will propose that the government extend the nationwide lockdown beyond November 29, but did not say for how long.

"Yes, I am planning to propose this and I have already mentioned before that I have no doubt that it will be extended," the ministry told reporters on Monday.

"Even though we can see some initial signs that the situation is stabilizing, these are only the first signs of stabilization. We are not talking about any decline yet," he noted.  

Veryga said it was too early to say if the current measures could be still in place at Christmas. 

Lithuania was placed under lockdown on November 7 amid spiking coronavirus infections. 

The measure, in effect through November 29, includes mandatory wearing of facemasks for everyone aged over six years in all public spaces and a ban on all events and gatherings, except for high-performance sporting events without spectators.

Restaurants, bars and cafes are only allowed to serve food for take-away or delivery, and gyms, pools, SPA centers, museums, cinemas and theaters are closed. 

Certain restrictions also apply to healthcare services, retail operations, schools and public transport.