Posts published in Day: July 29, 2020

Facemasks made mandatory in Lithuania as of Saturday

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to reintroduce the requirement to wear facemasks in shops and public transport as of Saturday in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “We’ll ask the public to wear masks in indoor public spaces, including retail and services points, and public transport,” Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius said at the Cabinet’s meeting on Wednesday. Face masks will not be mandatory in cafes or…

Retail trade turnover grew by 4.6 % in June

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB)  published July 29 show that, compared to June 2019, in June 2020 total retail trade turnover rose by 4.6 %. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 5.0 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) increased by 3.3 %, but of automotive fuel – by 7.2 %. As compared to June 2019, the most notable turnover…

Lithuanian government agrees to make January 13 a day off, but wants to scrap another holiday

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lithuania’s government has endorsed the proposal of having a national holiday on January 13. A day off would cost the government 50 million euros, the cabinet says, so another holiday must be scrapped. A parliamentary commission has proposed to make January 13, the Freedom Defenders’ Day, a day off in tribute to people killed during the Soviet coup attempt in Vilnius in 1991. The government said on Wednesday it was…

Businessman detained in Slovenia also investigated in Lithuania

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Vidmantas Kučinskas, a Lithuanian businessman who has recently been detained in Slovenia upon Russia’s request, is also investigated in Lithuania. The founder of the Arvi business group is a suspect in a case investigated by Kaunas Regional Prosecutor’s Office. “Since we are speaking about private persons and a pre-trial investigation that is not complete, prosecution service cannot provide more information at this time,” Elena Martinonienė, a spokeswoman for Prosecutor General’s…

Lower-key Rīga city festival planned for August 14-16

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Despite the ongoing pandemic and looming extraodinary municipal elections at the end of August, plans to hold a Rīga city festival this year have not been shelved, though the celebrations will be of a more restrained nature than in some recent years, the caretaker administration of the Latvian capital announced July 29. This year’s Riga Festival will take place over the weekend of August 14-16 with Rigans and guests of the city “invited to take leisurely walks,…

Some Riga minibus routes temporarily closed in August

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Riga minibus traffic (RMS) will temporarily close several express routes from August of 3 this year due to a significant drop in passengers, the company informed the media in a statement July 29. The decision taken by the Riga City Council (RD) Transport Department (SD) to cancel discounts on  minibus routes had a significant impact on the overall passenger flow on all routes, the company points out. Discounts were cancelled…

Finance minister urges austerity as Lithuania’s debt risks breaking EU rules

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lithuania’s Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka says the government should not raise its 2021 spending for boosting consumption, as the country is close to breaking eurozone rules on government debt. “[The Finance Ministry] will propose a safe government budget,” Šapoka told the parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee, which is working on next year’s government spending bill, on Wednesday. “What does ‘safe’ means? Raising spending for consumption would not be safe.” He…

President Levits backs Kuldiga’s UNESCO application

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits on July 28 gave his support to a bid for UNESCO recognition by the town of Kuldiga in western Latvia. During a visit to the town Levits was introduced to the traditions of wooden restoration and the involvement of the population in the preservation of the city’s cultural and historical heritage at the Kuldīga Restoration Center. As Kuldīga is preparing to submit an application to be included on the …

Guest workers not a COVID-19 threat, says epidemiologist

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC) said July 29 they do not believe guest workers in Latvia would significantly increase risk of COVID-19 spread, Latvian Radio reported. In response to the fact that  five guest workers   from Uzbekistan were infected with COVID-19, the government decided on Tuesday to  impose stricter controls   on guest workers: they will have to carry out two tests. However, the Center for…

The Baltic States and sold freedom

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Military personnel from Latvia and Lithuania are participating in joint exercise with the U.S. Northern Strike2020. Northern Strike 20 is held July 19-31 at Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center, encompassing Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. More than 2,300 personnel participate, including Army and Air National Guard forces from California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Active-duty…