Stores located in shopping malls will be able to reopen in the coming days, provided they have outside access, limit their customer flows and adhere to other safety measures, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.
Saulius Skvernelis
Saulius Skvernelis
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"If they meet the requirements, they will be able to provide services in such retail establishments," Skvernelis said after the Cabinet's meeting.

"What is essential when it comes to stores and services located in large shopping centers (...) is to ensure that people do not crowd," he added.

Ruta Vainiene, the head of the Lithuanian Retailers' Association, confirmed that the government has allowed all retail businesses with exterior entrances to reopen, regardless of their size.

This means that retail chains, such as Senukai, Ermitazas and Depo, and stand-alone clothing, footwear and other stores, both small and large, will be able to reopen to shoppers if they have direct access from the street, she said.

As part of nationwide quarantine restrictions introduced on March 16, the government ordered the closure of all stores except for pharmacies and supermarkets. The coronavirus lockdown is set to remain in place at least through April 27.

The Cabinet on Wednesday allowed some businesses to reopen after the month-long shutdown, provided that they can ensure safety.

These include non-food stores with outside entrances and all small services, such as dry cleaners, key makers and repair shops, including those located in shopping malls.

Retailers and service providers will have to control their customer flows: ensure at least ten square meters per customer or serve only one customer at a time. Service provides will also have to limit direct contact to 20 minutes per customer.

Businesses that fail to ensure safety may face sanctions and renewed restrictions.

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