BDAR

Updated on 20 January 2021.

  • Resolution declaring quarantine on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania is available here (unofficial translation) (consolidated version as of 13-01-2021).  

Quarantine in the entire territory of Lithuania from 7 November 2020, 00:00, until 31 January 2021, 24:00.

Restrictions

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Events

There will be no indoor or outdoor commercial or non-commercial cultural, entertainment, sporting events, celebrations, fairs, festivals or other mass gatherings arranged in public locations of a certain duration at a scheduled time except:

  • high-performance sporting events without spectators;
  • funerals attended by maximum 10 persons except family and/or household members and persons providing funeral services.

Catering establishments (restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, other entertainment venues) and other public visiting venues

Public catering facilities, restaurants, cafés, bars, nightclubs, other entertainment venues, gambling houses (casinos), amusement arcades, bingo halls, betting and totalisator outlets will be closed except in the case of:

  • takeaway food or where food can be otherwise delivered to natural and legal persons;
  • catering provided to the staff of enterprises, establishments or organisations working on shifts, in the territories and/or premises of such enterprises, establishments or organisations;
  • catering provided in educational, social care, health care, national defence, penitentiary establishments, remand prisons, the Foreigners’ Registration Centre or other establishments, where catering is required by the operational profile of these establishments.

It is prohibited to provide the services of leisure, the use of sports equipment, sports clubs, fitness centres, entertainment, recreation, swimming pools, saunas (except public baths for personal hygiene), discos, dance halls, cinemas and cinema clubs. There will be no visits to leisure establishments, nor will the premises intended for leisure services be leased for arranging private events, celebrations and other gatherings. It will not apply in the case of:

  • high-performance sports training.

There will be no visits to cultural establishments, and no physical services will be provided to visitors, except the cases, where the conditions laid down by the ensured State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment are ensured.


Protective face masks

Protective face masks are mandatory in all public places (for all from the age of 6). Exceptions will apply in the following cases: 

  • exercising individuals;
  • high-performance sports training;
  • during the provision of a service where a service cannot be provided when a customer is wearing a mask;
  • persons with disability who cannot wear a mask due to their health condition or where it can adversely affect their health condition. They are recommended to wear a face shield instead.
  • when outside populated areas (cities, towns, villages, single-homestead settlements and dacha (garden) settlements) and when there are no other people within the radius of 20 metres, except for family members;
  • children over the age of 6 who are educated under pre-school, pre-primary and primary education programmes will not be required to wear protective equipment covering nose and mouth (face masks, respirators or other equipment) while in education establishments and/or their territories.

Face masks are mandatory in common areas.

It is recommended to wear a face mask at a private party, if held, or when socialising with members of other families /households.


Movement within the country during the period from 16 December 2020, 00.00, until 31 January 2021, 24.00

Travelling between municipalities is restricted.

Except:

  • to go to/from airports, seaports, bus stations serving international passenger routes;
  • to go to the municipality where you live;
  • for the death of close relatives;
  • to do work, where the place of employment is in another municipality;
  • for health care services;
  • for other objectively justified reasons of urgency, where travelling to a municipality other than the place of residence is absolutely necessary;
  • members of a support bubble are allowed to travel from one municipality to another if they live in separate municipalities.

This restriction does not apply to members of one family and/or household travelling to a municipality other than the place of their residence where they have real estate property that is owned by a member of that family and/or household.


Movement within the country 

It is required to stay at home except:

  • to go to work (for work purposes);
  • to go shopping;
  • to go to/from airports, seaports, bus stations serving international passenger routes;
  • to go to your real estate property;
  • to go to a funeral;
  • for health and other essential services;
  • for other essential services or for objectively justified reasons where it is absolutely necessary;
  • to go for a walk in open spaces only with members of your family or household;
  • to attend to the sick or to those unable to take care of themselves.

Passengers travelling by public transport (city, long-distance and suburban) will be required to travel seated maintaining the distance of at least one meter between each other.

Transport vehicles other than regular public transport (city, long-distance and suburban) or transport vehicles to commute to work may carry groups of no more than 2 persons or groups of members of one family and/or one household. When providing passenger transportation service for a fare by a passenger car on call and by a taxi passenger car, the driver of the vehicle will not be counted.


Social interaction

It is allowed to be in public places in groups of no more than 2 persons or in groups of one family and/or one household.

It is prohibited:

  • to have close contacts between members of more than one family and/or one household except:
    • emergencies, where it is necessary to provide assistance;
    • attending to the sick or to those unable to take care of themselves;
  • to hold private parties in public and private venues with the participation of more than one family and/or household. 

 

As of 21 January, two families or two households will be allowed to meet if one of them has no more than one adult person or one person and his/ her minor children, or a household with a person in need of constant care and nursing.

  • Such family or household members that are in close contact would not be allowed to have close contact with other persons.
  • If the support bubble is with a person who is at risk, it is additionally recommended to wear face masks, keep a distance of 2 meters and air the premises at least once an hour.

Members of the support bubble would be allowed to move from one municipality to another if they are in different municipalities.


Public and private sector

  • State and municipal institutions and bodies and state and municipal enterprises and the private sector will organise work and provide customer services remotely, except where relevant functions (work) have to be performed at the workplace, while ensuring conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment. It is obligatory to ensure the performance of the essential and urgent functions (work) as provided by law.

    Stores, including those in shopping and/or entertainment centres, marketplaces and other public points of sale will be closed except:

  • stores (including those in shopping and/or entertainment centres), whose main business is the retail of food, veterinary, animal feed, pharmacy, optical goods and orthopedic technical devices;
  • selling food in marketplaces and public points of sale;
  • remote commerce (by internet or other means of communication), where goods are delivered to natural and legal persons or collected at collection points;
  • funeral stores;
  • outdoor trade in Christmas trees and other festive trees.
  • Stores that remain open will be required to:

  • ensure 15 sq. m. of retail space per visitor or serve only one visitor at a time and ensure other conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations.
  • It is recommended to:

  • refrain from short-term sales promotion measures (sales, discount hours, tastings, etc.) in all shops, supermarkets, marketplaces and other public points of service. This does not apply to e-commerce;
  • to increase the number of checkout points to reduce the line to five shoppers;
  • shopping by one member per family and /or household;
  • longer working hours.
  • It is prohibited:

  • to provide beauty services;
  • to provide other services that require more than 15 minutes contact between the service provider and the customer;
  • to lease, sublease or lend premises intended for accommodation services (owned by both natural and legal persons by the right of ownership or other legal grounds) for holding private events, parties and other gatherings.
  • Except:

  • passenger transportation for a fare by a passenger car on call and by a taxi passenger car;
  • provision of legal services by lawyers;
  • financial services and provision of qualified certification services by qualified trust service providers, which cannot be provided remotely.
  • The exempted service practitioners will be required to ensure 10 sq. m. service space per visitor or serve only one visitor at a time and ensure other conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations.

    Requirements for accommodation sector:

  • accommodation of members of no more than one family and/or one household in one room;
  • ensuring that everyone wears a face mask and maintains a distance of at least 2 meters between people or groups of people in common areas;
  • ensuring other conditions laid down by the Commander of Operations’ decision.
  • It is prohibited to rent, sublease or to lend premises intended for accommodation services (owned by both natural and legal persons by the right of ownership or other legal grounds) for arranging private events, parties and other gatherings.

  • Wellness centres providing recreational services will be closed.
  • There will be no visits to cultural, leisure, entertainment and sports facilities, and no physical services will be provided to visitors, except high-performance athletic training and physical provision of services in libraries, while ensuring the conditions laid down by Commander of Operations’ decision.

Education 

  • pre-school, pre-primary education will be provided following the conditions laid down by the Commander of Operations’ decision, in-person pre-school and pre-primary education is recommended only for those children whose parents (adoptive parents or guardians) have no possibilities of working remotely;
  • primary, pre-secondary and secondary education will be provided remotely, except special needs schools and special needs classes in general education schools following the programmes of primary, pre-secondary, individualised primary and pre-secondary education, and secondary education, programmes of development of social skills;
  • non-formal education for children will be provided remotely or discontinued;
  • non-formal adult education and non-formal vocational training will be provided remotely or suspended, except for practical training in aviation and seafaring, as well as foreign language proficiency assessment examinations (credits) for those applying to higher education establishments abroad with a maximum of five participants, while ensuring the conditions laid down by the ensuring the conditions laid down by the Commander of Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment;
  • during the school holidays, children can get services in special needs schools and special needs classes in general education schools. However, the conditions laid down by the by the Commander of Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment must be ensured.
  • education assistance will be provided in accordance with the conditions laid down by the Commander of Operations’ decision in the same way as education is provided at schools and by other education providers, or remotely;
  • children over the age of 6 who are educated under pre-school, pre-primary and primary education programmes will not be required to wear protective equipment covering nose and mouth (face masks, respirators or other equipment) while in education establishments and/or their territories;
  • primary education schools will have school holidays from 14 December 2020 to 3 January 2021; 
  • municipal administrations will ensure that children in primary education can have remote education, care and catering in school in accordance with the conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment, where parents, adoptive parents, guardians, legal representatives need to perform relevant functions (work) at the workplace and cannot ensure the care of their children at home. Effective as of 4 January.

 

  • As of 21 January, children who have difficulties in learning at home and need to be attended to in an establishment under the decision of the Child Welfare Commission will get remote teaching, care and free meals at a school, children day care centre or other establishment designated by the municipality.


Health

  • There will be no visiting of patients in health care establishments, except when visiting terminally ill patients, children under 14 years of age and patients in maternity wards at the permission of the manager of that establishment or his authorised person;
  • an outpatient health care professional will have to choose the method of service provision that best suits the patient's interests - contact or remote. Contact services will include:
    • dental services;
    • health care services for pregnant women, mothers and their newborns;
    • vaccination services for children and adults under the National Immunoprophylaxis Programme;
    • disease prevention programmes;
    • preventive health screening services for individuals applying for a job in an area of activity that involves exposure to certain risk factors;
    • psychological support and psychotherapy services.
  • Inpatient personal health care services for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) (hereinafter ‘COVID-19 services’) will be organised on a clustering-territorial principle in accordance with the Annex to this Resolution and in accordance with the requirements laid down within the remit of the Minister for Health and the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. The provision of COVID-19 services will be organised by health care establishments (hereinafter ‘organising health care establishments’) listed in the Annex to this Resolution, which have units for infectious diseases or human resources to organise the containment of infectious diseases, and which organise and coordinate COVID-19 services in the territory of operation specified in the Annex to this Resolution. To ensure the provision of COVID-19 services, the organising health care establishments will mobilise other health care establishments that are in the territory of ​​operation and that are listed in the Annex to this Resolution (hereinafter ‘mobilised health care establishments’) for the provision of COVID-19
    services. Instructions given by the organising health care establishments on COVID-19 services to the mobilised health care establishments will be mandatory (unless otherwise provided by law). The procedure for organising COVID-19 services is laid down within the remit of the Minister for Health and the State Commander of National Emergency Operations;
  • The State Commander of National Emergency Operations takes a decision to appoint a coordinator for the activities of the organising health care establishments (hereinafter ‘coordinator’) to coordinate the provision of COVID-19 services. The coordinator organises the provision of COVID-19 services in cooperation with mayors and directors of administrations. The instructions of the coordinator are obligatory for both the organising health care establishments and the mobilised health care establishments (unless otherwise provided by law).
  • Mobilising health professionals, university and non-university students and residency students and using infrastructure, regardless of their subordination. If necessary, health professionals and staff working with them (personnel serving the medical staff) may be temporarily transferred to another health establishment or their job functions may be temporarily changed in order to ensure the proper organisation of health services.
  • Inpatient health services for patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus infection), will be provided as follows:
    • operational reorganisation in managing patient flows, infrastructure and material and human resources;
    • where necessary, increasing the number of beds and / or the scope of health care services for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) and / or mobilising staff - reducing the scope of routine inpatient and/or outpatient health care services or suspending these services, with the exception of services, where failure to provide them would result in patient’s need for medical emergency or a significant deterioration of his condition.
    • there will be no visiting of patients, except terminally ill patients and children under 14 years of age, at the permission of the treating physician.

Social care

  • There will be no visits to residential social care establishments, foster families, group and community homes, except when visiting residents in terminal condition or when a visit is related to the performance of duties;
  • social care services will be provided in residential social care establishments and in person’s home in accordance with the conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for public health safety, hygiene and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment.

Prison visits

Long-term and short-term visits in penitentiary establishments and remand prisons will be restricted.


Visiting refugees

In Foreigners’ Registration Centre (‘FRC’):

  • asylum seekers staying in the FRC and holding the right to move in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania will not be allowed to leave the FRC for more than 2 hours per day;

Exceptions will apply in the following cases:

  • asylum seekers that are involved in daily education activities;
  • asylum seekers entitled to work, who are employed and who have filed with the FRC administration their valid employment contract.
  • asylum seekers who are allowed, with the permission of the FRC administration, to leave the FRC for more than 2 hours a day.
  • foreigners staying in the FRC will not be visited except their lawyers.

Religious gatherings 

Religious communities are recommended to hold religious services remotely (except funerals attended by maximum 10 persons except members of the family and/or household or in such a way as to avoid gatherings (while ensuring 10 sq. m. per person and maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters between people or groups of people (up to 2 people or family members); or to refrain from performing religious services.


Arrival from abroad 

Restrictions and mandatory requirements for arrivals from abroad

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Last updated: 20 01 2021