Posts published in Day: October 2, 2020

Lithuanian police say they won’t go after people smoking in their balconies

Friday, October 2, 2020

Chasing after people who illegally smoke in their balconies will not be a priority for the police, Commissioner General Renatas Požėla said after the Lithuanian parliament passed new smoking restrictions. The new rule says, among other things, that smoking is not allowed in balconies of apartment blocks, unless all the neighbours agree to it. Požėla said the police would not dedicate more resources to monitoring smoking and people should themselves…

Health Ministry: local restrictions likely to follow COVID-19 outbreaks

Friday, October 2, 2020

In the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19 in Latvia, restrictions will be local, said Ilmārs Dūrītis, parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Health to Latvian Television October 1. Currently, each outbreak should be assessed. “It is likely that new restrictions will be focused on local points – cities and regions,” Dūrītis said. Meanwhile, if the situation deteriorates rapidly, one of the first steps could be the use of face masks…

Macron’s Lithuanian charm offensive

Friday, October 2, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron came to town. After a 19-year break, he became the first French leader to embark on an  official state visit   to Lithuania. Many in the country still remember the “missed a great opportunity to shut up”  statement by his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, back in 2003. On Monday, the French leader came bearing gifts (a book by Romain Gary for his Lithuanian counterpart Nausėda) and a  new…