Raseiniai District, a municipality in Lithuania’s Kaunas County, is introducing a local lockdown as of Friday to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“We made the decision to call a quarantine in Raseiniai,” said Edmundas Jonyla, a chief of the municipal administration, after a meeting of the Extreme Situations Commission on Tuesday.
The municipality of some 44,000 people has been a hotbed of new Covid-19 infections, with 423 confirmed cases and five deaths, including one on Monday. The infection rate in Raseiniai stands at 1,100 of new cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks.
The measures to be introduced in Raseiniai will include limiting opening hours of shops and cafes and banning public events. Bars and restaurants will be instructed to close after midnight and shops will have to make sure there are at least 10 square metres of space per customer.
The lockdown is to last for two weeks.
According to Jonyla, there will not be any restrictions on people moving in and out of the municipality, but there will be a recommendation to abstain from travelling to Raseiniai.
“Traffic police may stop you and ask where you’re going and for what purpose. If people are coming from another place, they’ll be warned about the Covid-19 danger in Raseiniai,” he said.
The National Public Health Centre (NVSC) has said that there are 19 clusters of coronavirus infection in Raseiniai District. One of the biggest hotspots is Blinsturbiškiai Social Care Home.