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NATIONAL LOCKDOWN FROM 7 NOVEMBER 2020, 00:00, UNTIL 31 MARCH 2021, 24:00

Updated on 5 March 2021.

  • Resolution declaring quarantine on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania is available here (unofficial translation) (consolidated version as of 06-03-2021).  

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

Restrictions

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Events

 There will be no visits to cultural establishments, and no physical services will be provided to visitors, except the following cases:

As of 6 March:

  • it will be allowed to hold events, where spectators stay in their cars and there are maximum 2 people in the car except members of one family and/or one household, following 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;
  • it will be allowed to provide physical services to visitors in libraries;
  • it will also be allowed to visit learning and educational trails, parks, museums, galleries and other exposition spaces, zoos and botanical gardens located in outside areas in groups of maximum 5 people except members of two families and/or two households.

PLEASE NOTE: It is obligatory to follow at all times the requirements laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment;

There will be no indoor or outdoor commercial or non-commercial cultural, entertainment, sporting events, celebrations, fairs, festivals or other mass gatherings held 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;

Public places of interest, public catering establishments (restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs), other places of entertainment, etc.

Outdoor ski slope services are allowed under the following conditions:

  • Electronic distribution of tickets and pre-registration of visitors shall be ensured;
  • Restrictions on the flow of visitors shall be ensured at ski slope centres. The maximum number of visitors allowed at a time shall be calculated on the basis of the number of lifts in operation. A maximum of 30 visitors shall be allowed per lift.

It is forbidden to provide ski equipment rentals and non-ski services on outdoor ski slope locations.

IMPORTANT: A trip to an outdoor ski slope centre shall not be a valid reason to travel to another municipality.  

 

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

 Face masks are not required in open spaces, where there are no other people except family members within the radius of 2 metres. Face masks are not required also 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.
  • 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 of accommodation facilities, also during the allowed contact services. Face masks are required indoors.

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

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 services or for objectively justified reasons where it is absolutely necessary;
  • to go for a walk in open places;
  • to attend to the sick or to those unable to take care of themselves.

Passengers travelling by regular 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/from work, may carry groups of no more than 2 persons or members of one family and/or one household. When providing passenger transportation through a ride-hailing and taxi passenger car services, the driver of the vehicle will not be counted.

From 25 February 2021, it will be allowed to move between ‘inner-ring’ municipalities, where people living in municipalities bordering with Alytus city and district, Kaunas city and district, Klaipėda city and district, Panevėžys city and district, Šiauliai city and district, and Vilnius city and district move between the specified bordering municipalities.

From 16 December 2020, 00.00, until 15 March 2021, 24.00, movement between municipalities other than the ‘inner-ring’ municipalities will be 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;
  • social bubble’ members will be allowed to move from one municipality to another if they are in different 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.


Social interaction

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.

 

As of 6 March, it will be allowed to be in open public places in groups of maximum 5 persons or in groups of two members of a family and/or two members of a household.

 

It is prohibited:

 

  • to have close contacts between members of more than one family and/or one household except:
    • close contacts between two families and/or two households in open spaces;
    • emergencies, where it is necessary to provide assistance;
    • attending to the sick or to those unable to take care of themselves;
  • to holdprivate parties in public and private spaces attended by more than one family and/or one household, except parties in open spaces attended by maximum two families and/or two households.

Retail and services

Retail allowed to reopen:

  • As of 15 February 2021, it will be allowed to reopen non-food stores, kiosks and pavilions (except kiosks and pavilions in marketplaces), which have the retail area of maximum 300 m2 and a direct access from the outside or a separate entrance used solely by the customers of that store.

  • Outdoor non-food retail from temporary facilities, as well as contracts concluded off the trade premises (doorstep selling).

PLEASE NOTE: the retailers must provide the total of 20 m2 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.

  • Retail stores (including those in shopping and/or entertainment centres), whose main business is the retail of food, animal feed, veterinary, pharmacy products, flowers, optical items and orthopedic technical devices.
  • Food retail in marketplaces and other public points of sale.
  • e-commerce (by internet or other means of communication), where goods are delivered to natural and legal persons or collected at collection points.
  • Funeral stores.

PLEASE NOTE: these retailers must provide the total of 15 m2 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 (hereinafter ‘the Commander of Operations’).

It will not be allowed to reopen stores, including those in shopping and/or entertainment centres, marketplaces and other public points of sale.

It is recommended to:

  • refrain from short-term retail promoting measures (sales, discount hours, tastings, etc.) in all stores, shopping centres, marketplaces and other public points of sale and service. This does not apply in the case of e-commerce;
  • 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.

As of 6 March, it will be allowed to provide sports, leisure and entertainment services in open spaces, for maximum 5 persons except members of two families and/or two households, and following the conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, strictly necessary key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment.

Services allowed to reopen:

  • as of 15 February 2021, personal care services (including beauty services) where there is a contact only between one service provider and one customer will be allowed, unless these services have been directly outlawed by a Government resolution;
  • medical rehabilitation services;
  • psychological support and psychotherapy services;
  • passenger transportation through ride-hailing or taxi passenger car services;
  • provision of legal services by lawyers;
  • as of 10 March, it will be allowed to provide driving skills examination services;
  • financial services and provision of qualified certification services by qualified trust service providers, which cannot be provided remotely.

PLEASE NOTE: in the case of business allowed to reopen, where a service requires less than 15 minutes contact between the service provider and the customer, 10 m2 must be provided for one customer or only one customer must be served at a time; where a service requires more than 15 minutes contact between the service provider and the customer, 20 m2 must be provided for one customer or only one customer must be served at a time, also ensuring other conditions for managing personal flows, maintaining a safe distance, necessary public health safety, hygiene, provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment are set by the operations manager.

 

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;

It will not be allowed to rent, sublet 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.

  • It will not be allowed to reopen wellness centres that provide recreational services.
  • It will not be allowed to visit cultural, leisure, entertainment and sports facilities, nor to provide physical services to visitors, except high-performance athletic training, and physical provision of services in libraries, while ensuring the conditions laid down by the Commander of Operations.

Work arrangements

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.


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, except non-formal education activities for children in open spaces attended by maximum 5 children in accordance with the conditions laid down by the State 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;
  • non-formal adult education and non-formal vocational training will be provided remotely or suspended, except for practical training in aviation and seafaring, practical driving training, foreign language proficiency assessment examinations (credits) for those applying to higher education establishments abroad with a maximum of five participants, and non-formal adult education activities in open spaces attended by maximum 5 adults in accordance with the conditions laid down by the State 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.

  • Schools selected by the Vilnius City Administration will follow the model of blended primary education from 22 February 2021 to 31 March 2021. They will be subject to regular testing for COVID-19 and to 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.


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 visits in penitentiary establishments and remand prisons will be restricted. Short-term visits will be allowed as of 6 March. They will be organised and held under 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.  


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 

As of 10 March 2021, all the passengers returning or arriving through transport services organised and operated by carriers will be required to evidence the negative test for COVID-19 taken 72 hours at the earliest before the return or arrival in Lithuania.

All the carriers, travel operators and tourism service providers organising and operating passenger carriage on international routes as regular, special and charter services (by all types of vehicles) will be required to ensure that passengers that fail to present the documentation confirming a COVID-19 test and a negative COVID-19 test result are prevented from boarding a vehicle.

The requirements for COVID-19 testing will exempt:

  • crew members;
  • those transiting through Lithuania;
  • those holding a medical certificate confirming the past COVID-19 infection, where the diagnosis was confirmed through the positive PCR test or an antibody test and that maximum 90 days have passed from the positive testing until the return/entry to Lithuania, or those holding a document issued by a medical establishment, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have an Eu-registered COVID-19 vaccine;
  • those under 16 years.

Restrictions and mandatory requirements for arrivals from abroad

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Last updated: 05 03 2021