Facemasks become mandatory in Vilnius and other red zone areas

On Wednesday, local quarantine comes into force in Lithuania’s biggest cities of Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda, as well as five smaller municipalities of Šilalė, Širvintos, Telšiai, Trakai and Vilnius District.

At the moment, 21 of Lithuania’s 60 municipalities are in the so-called red zone with high risk of infection. Restrictions under the quarantine regime include the mandatory wearing of facemasks in all public places, including outdoors.

The following restrictions apply in quarantined municipalities:

– Facemasks are mandatory in all public places. – One-metre space must be observed in inter-city public transport. – Groups of more than five people are not allowed, except members of the same household. – Two-metre distances must be maintained between groups in events and public places. – Public-sector institutions are switching fully or partially to remote work. – Retail businesses must manage client flows, ensuring a space of at least 10 square metres per customer. – Hospital visits are suspended, except in cases where patients are terminally ill, under 14 years old, or women in maternity wards. – Religious communities are advised to suspend services or avoid crowding.

On Wednesday, the government is expected to make a decision banning all events and gatherings throughout the country. If the Cabinet approves, fans will not be allowed to attend professional sports matches. The ban would come into force on Friday.