COVID-19-related restrictions (updated on 3 September 2020)

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2020 09 07

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On 16 June 24:00, the three-month long quarantine ended. As of 17 June, emergency situation regime with the following restrictions applied. The unofficial version of the Resolution declaring a state of national emergency is available here. (consolidated version as of 03-09-2020)

CONTROL OF CROSS-BORDER MOVEMENTS:

  • All citizens of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (EEA) and persons lawfully residing in these countries will be allowed entry to Lithuania, but those arriving from countries, where the incidence rate of COVID-19 infection exceeds 16 cases per 100 000 population over the last two weeks, will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Foreigners and the citizens of Lithuania arriving in the Republic of Lithuania from the affected countries with COVID-19 infection incidence rate of over 25 cases per 100 thousand population will be required to have a negative result of a coronavirus infection test taken within the last three days. The Lithuanian population can have their test taken by contacting the Hotline 1808 within 24 hours of arrival. The arriving people will also have to follow the requirements established by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations.
  • Isolation will be mandatory for those arriving from the infection-affected countries despite negative test results because the incubation period is longer and we cannot always be sure that the person will not get sick.
  • Checks at internal borders continue at the checkpoints of the airports and of the Klaipėda sea port. Movement of persons will continue to be restricted at the mentioned points, as well as at the border with the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. There are 6 road and 2 railway border crossing points at the external land border.
  • Persons returning / arriving from countries that are on the list of countries affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) or persons travelling through the affected countries, except for travelling by air when not leaving the airport transit area, when travelling by air or sea, are required to submit, at the airport or seaport, a completed paper questionnaire to the staff of the National Public Health Centre under the Ministry of Health performing medical-quarantine control (the questionnaire form is available on the website at  https://nvsc.lrv.lt/lt/epidemiologiniu-tyrimu-rezultatai-ir-kita-svarbi-informacija-1/butinosios-proceduros-grizus-is-uzsienio) or the confirmation of the registration with the National Public Health Centre (https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/lt/form), and, when travelling by land transport, they are required to register with the National Public Health Centre within 12 hours of returning / arriving in the Republic of Lithuania (https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/lt/form), as such persons are deemed to have been exposed to the virus. These persons fall subject to mandatory isolation in accordance with the procedure established by the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases in Humans.
  • When arriving from countries with incidence rate of under 16 cases per 100 000 population in the last 14 calendar days, citizens of Lithuania and persons lawfully residing in Lithuania will not be required to self-isolate on a mandatory basis. They will be advised on how to proceed when symptoms occur.
  • There is no passenger control at the internal EU borders (Latvia, Poland). Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and persons lawfully residing in the Republic of Lithuania returning from the countries that have not been affected by the coronavirus in transit through the Republic of Poland will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days (with exceptions).
  • Arrivals from third countries will be allowed subject to the requirements laid down in paragraph 3.3 of Resolution No 152 and Article 6 of the Schengen Borders Code.
  • For an updated list of countries for the mandatory isolation of 14 days upon return, see here. The list is updated every Friday. Interactive map.

RESTRICTIONS ON ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES:

  • Services and trade in public places:
    • 2-meter safety distance between the working places, it may be less if there is a partition or if personal protective equipment is worn;
    • distances in queues are at least 1 meter;
    • disinfection; disinfection of trolleys/baskets at points of sale;
    • hand hygiene (washing or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • personal protective equipment will be mandatory for visitors over 6 years of age, buyers, service users, also to the staff.
       
  • Leisure and entertainment places:
    • queue distances of at least 1 meter;
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • personal protective equipment will be mandatory for visitors over 6 years of age, buyers, service users, also to the staff.
       
  • Catering establishments (restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, and other places of entertainment):
    • 2-meter safety distance between persons sitting at different tables, and 1-meter distance between persons sitting at a bar;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • in catering establishments when ordering and waiting for food or drinks. Face masks are allowed to be removed while eating and drinking;
    • any presentation of food is unrestricted (buffet, counter);
    • working hours are not limited.

 

  • Events:
    • it is recommended to wear personal protective equipment;
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • from 1 September 2020, the number of spectators and/or participants will not be restricted in outdoor and indoor events, provided that the organisers ensure electronic distribution of tickets, and registration of spectators and/or participants. Where the organisers of the event are unable to ensure this, the event will open to the maximum of 300 participants.

         MANDATORY PROTECTIVE FACE MAKS:

         Face masks will be mandatory as of 21 August:

  • In public transport.
  • In catering establishments when ordering and waiting for food or drinks. Face masks are allowed to be removed while eating and drinking.
  • In outdoor and indoor shopping areas, including supermarkets, and service provision points.
  • Indoor and outdoor cultural, entertainment and other events and gatherings (masks are not required for performers).
  • For spectators of indoor and outdoor high-performance sports competitions.

          Exceptions:

  • Where a service cannot be provided while the customer is wearing a mask (such as beard trimming).
  • For persons doing sports in events and in gyms and when visiting amusement parks (e.g. swimming pools).
  • The requirement will not apply in the case of hearing and speech-impaired persons and persons with other disabilities, but they will be recommended to wear face shields.

             

RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES:

  • Educational activities:
    • Unrestricted, if the necessary conditions for public health safety, hygiene, provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment are ensured:
      • disinfection;
      • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
      • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed.
    • Continued remotely if the specified conditions cannot be met.
  • Social services:
    • disinfection;
    • hand hygiene (washing and/or disinfection);
    • prohibition to work with symptoms or if isolation is prescribed;
    • the use of personal protective equipment is recommended.
  • Health care:
    • services renewal plan;
    • management of visitor flows in accordance with the procedure established by the head of the institution;
    • provision of remote services at a mutual agreement between a medical professional and a customer;
    • enhanced infection control;
    • provision and use of personal protective equipment;
    • testing strategy.

For the key information about the coronavirus, see www.koronastop.lt/en/