Wearing facemasks to be mandatory in Lithuania’s state institutions


Staff and customers at Lithuanian state and municipal institutions will be required to wear facemasks as of Saturday, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

The measures were approved by Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevičius, who is currently standing in for Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga and signed a decree in response to rising coronavirus infections in Lithuania.

The requirement to wear facemasks in public institutions will not apply to children younger than six years old.

Public institutions will also have to ensure a distance of at least one metre between their staff and customers or set up partitions.

As of Saturday, Lithuania will also tighten safety requirements in other indoor public spaces, including shops, cafes, restaurants, and public transport.

People will be required to wear masks in these places, except for cafes and restaurants where they will be compulsory only for the customer-serving staff.

Exceptions will also apply to services that cannot be provided while the customer is wearing a mask, such as beard shaving or beauty procedures, and to visitors of sports clubs.

Service providers, retailers, leisure and entertainment venues, and public transport operators will have to ensure at least one-metre distance between people. They will also be required to provide hand sanitisers, as well as to regularly disinfect and ventilate their premises.


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