Lithuania has from September 13 introduced new restrictions to present the country’s own or the pan-EU Covid-19 certificate to enter a sleeve of indoor public spaces. Yet the documents will not be required in intercity public transport.
The Lithuanian opportunity pass is issued to people, who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days, have tested negative for coronavirus using a PCR or an antigen test or have been fully vaccinated. The EU’s Digital COVID Certificate will also be valid for the new requirements.
People without the pass can only access indoor marketplaces and shops selling essential goods and are smaller than 1,500 square meters. The businesses are also required to have street-level access. However, some smaller shops may still decide to make Covid certificates mandatory.
Pharmacies located inside shopping centers will need to ensure separate flows of clients for those with and without the immunity certificates.
Indoor cafes, restaurants, bars and catering venues will require the pass. Those without the certificate will still be able to sit outdoors, but will be forbidden from going inside or using indoor bathrooms. They will also be limited to five people per table, unless they are from the same household.
Those without the immunity certificate can only request services at home if they require no more than a 15-minute close contact.
People without certificates may shop and receive services outdoors.
Outdoor and indoor events of up to 500 people will also be accessible without the pass.
Museums, exhibitions and libraries will not require immunity certificates.
Contrary to an earlier announcement, intercity travel will also not require passengers to have the immunity pass.
If a business serves only clients with the certificate, they do not have to limit the number of visitors, observe social distancing, or make facemasks mandatory. The requirements remain if a business also serves people without the passes. (BNN/Business World Magazine)