In Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, the places turned into “giant open-air cafes” after loosening coronavirus measures and allowing some businesses to open tables and chairs to large streets.
In the Baltic country with a population of 2.7 million, restaurants, bars and cafes were allowed to be opened after the banning of the Covid-19 outbreak and measures taken from Monday. However, due to the obligatory compliance with the narrow streets and social distance rules in the center of Vilnius, Mayor Remigijus Simasius announced that businesses can put tables and chairs free of charge on some squares, avenues and wide streets.
In this context, 18 large public areas in Vilnius city center were offered to the service of enterprises. It was noted that 162 different bars, cafes and restaurants benefited from the said service, and more public areas could be opened to the free use of businesses if requested.
Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius noted that during the summer season, the said application could continue in order to revive the economy and continue employment.
Social distance rule continues to be applied
In practice, customers are allowed to sit individually at tables located at a distance of at least 2 meters, or to sit around a single table if they come in groups.
Starting from last Monday in Lithuania, the opening of cafes and restaurants in the country, as well as barbers, hairdressers, libraries, museums and clothing stores was allowed, provided that “social distance rules” were followed.
While 344 coronavirus cases have been seen in the country so far, 44 people have lost their lives due to the epidemic. Lithuania’s neighbor, Belarus, was the only European country to take no action against Covid-19 and where leagues were delayed.