Posts published in Day: September 2, 2020

Latvian Police: Nightclubs find cunning ways to breach COVID-19 restrictions

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Nightclubs have bypassed the restrictions regarding COVID-19 by disguising parties and creating passwords for visitors, Juris Šulte, chief of the Riga Regional Council of the State Police, said September 2. Šulte said that one of the main challenges this summer was the control of nightclubs, namely how these entertainment sites comply with the restrictions imposed with regard to COVID-19. He explained that nightclubs had devised a variety of tricks to avoid…

Belarus drafts sanctions against Baltic States

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Belarusian government is responding to Baltic sanctions with measures of its own, the country’s foreign minister has announced. Speaking at a media conference in Moscow, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Wednesday that Minsk had drafted sanctions against individuals from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. “We also carried out interdepartmental coordination, prepared and approved asymmetric sanctions. We will give an adequate response,” Makei is quoted by Tut.by. The Belarusian Foreign…

No restrictions on Lithuanian nightlife yet

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday not to limit working hours of bars and nightclubs yet. However, the measure can be introduced in the future to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after the cabinet meeting that the government would draft safety regulations over this week for nighttime entertainment venues. If they can ensure proper adherence to safety rules, the government will not limit working…

Coronavirus: Lithuania ‘back to peak numbers’

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Twenty-three new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Monday, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday morning. Three of the new cases are infections contracted abroad, while 18 people caught the virus from other known cases. The sources of two cases have not been traced yet, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). Two people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Greece and one got infected in the…

Klaipėda port should diversify in view of Lukashenko’s threats

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lithuania’s Klaipėda port should reduce its reliance on Belarusian cargo, an economist argues, an issue brought into sharp relief by Alexander Lukashenko’s threats to divert business from Lithuania. Žygimantas Mauricas of Luminor bank believes Lukashenko’s threats should act as an impulse for the port to reconsider its future. “One should not bet all investment money on one card [Belarus] and perhaps that’s a good impulse for the port of Klaipeda…

Italy, Germany take over NATO’s Baltic air policing

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Italian and German Eurofighter jets are taking over NATO’s Baltic Air Policing Mission from September, replacing the contingents from Spain, the United Kingdom and France, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry said. The new rotation will be led by Italy from the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Šiauliai and the augmentation to the mission will be provided by the Germans stationed at the Estonian Air Force Aviation Base in Amari. Italy and…

Unsealed ballots may have affected Rīga elections result

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The number of mandates of Harmony and New Unity in the newly elected Rīga City Council may be affected by the election ballots not included in the vote count due to them being unsealed, Central Election Commission (CVK) told newswire LETA on September 1. In two Rīga polling stations, unsealed ballots were found, the total amounting to 627. It was decided to invalidate the unsealed ballot envelopes and the votes contained therein.…

Baltic Sea Docs film festival goes live

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

From September 1 to 6, the film screening of the annual Baltic Sea Docs Forum will takes online free of charge, Latvian Television reported September 1. On September 1, Baltic Sea Docs film festival began at the cinema “K Suns”. Another live screening will take place in the Spīķeri square on Saturday evening. But from September 1 to 6, all films are going online free at set times on the portal  filmas.lv.   The…

Lithuania avoided anti-quarantine protests

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Lithuania is cited among the European success stories in dealing with the first wave of the novel coronavirus. As the number of cases rises, what lessons has Lithuania learned? “This is not a crisis heroically to be solved by one person. You cannot force people to wash their hands – you can only convince them,” political scientist Ivan Krastev said of the Covid-19 pandemic at the European Forum Alpbach in…