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Facemasks may become mandatory again in Lithuania, PM says

If the number of coronavirus infections rises, facemasks will again become mandatory in public transport, shops, and indoor events, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.

He instructed the Cabinet to draft a resolution in case the government decides next week to reintroduce the wearing of facemasks.

"I'm not saying the draft resolution will be adopted next week and the masks will be reintroduced," Skvernelis posted on Facebook. "For now, this is a precaution that we may need if we see an increase in the number of infections."

"I do hope this isn't going to happen and we won't have to return to masks and other measures," he added.

Skvernelis called on people to voluntarily wear face masks in public transport, shops and events, where the risk of contracting the virus is higher.


"I wouldn't say for now that we are on the brink of a second wave [of Covid-19],” he said. "I'd like to ask everyone to behave responsibly. This particularly concerns people who return to Lithuania from abroad.”

As the Cabinet was discussing raising the attendance limit on public gatherings earlier on Wednesday, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga warned that the mandatory wearing of facemasks at indoor events might be reintroduced if the virus starts spreading at a faster pace.

Ten new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday.

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