Wed, 25 Nov 2020

VILNIUS, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to put 12 municipalities under two-week lockdowns as of Oct. 26 due to COVID-19 spike.

The lockdown will be introduced in Elektrenai and the districts of Joniskis, Jurbarkas, Kelme, Klaipeda, Kretinga, Marijampole, Pasvalys, Plunge, Skuodas, Siauliai and Svencionys, according to a release from the government on Wednesday.

Local quarantine restrictions will come into effect from midnight on Oct. 26 to midnight on Nov. 9, with measures like limiting the passenger number on public transport; banning gathering of over five people in public places, with an exception of family members.

State and municipal institutions are required to fully or partially move to teleworking. Businesses must limit the flow of customers by ensuring at least 10 square meters per person or serving only one at a time.

Face masks will be mandatory for everyone aged over six in all indoor public spaces and public transport, except while eating and drinking in cafes, etc.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreaks in early 2020, wearing masks in public has been widely accepted in Asian countries like China, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam to limit the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the government also decided to introduce registration of participants of leisure and entertainment events and visitors to catering establishments to ensure traceability in case of infections.

What is more, the opening hours of catering establishments, restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues will be limited to 7 a.m. till 0:00 a.m.

Lithuania reported 311 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the biggest daily spike since the country confirmed its first case on Feb. 28, the Health Ministry said Wednesday.

The latest confirmed cases bring the country's total to 8,239, including 120 deaths and 3,599 recoveries so far.

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