The Plan to Increase the Number of Allowed Participants Per Event Has Been Revised

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2020 07 16

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The Government has adjusted the plan to increase the number of participants/spectators at cultural and sports events. It stipulates that the number of participants and/or spectators allowed indoors from 16 to 31 August is increased to 600 (instead of the previous 350), leaving their same maximum number in the open spaces at 1000.

The number of participants (spectators) at cultural and sports events from September 1 is unlimited. However, the events will have to be organised in accordance with the decisions of the Minister of Health who is the chief of state operations of the state level emergency situation.

“As the organisation of events is extremely time-consuming, such a decision will provide event organisers with more clarity, allow to plan future events in the autumn, help to fully enter the market, and recover from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic”, says Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, the Minister of Culture.

“We monitor the international situation in the organising of sports events and we see possible favourable changes in our country. Event organisers will be able to plan ticket sales and spectator traffic flows more flexibly. However, they will also have to comply with stricter safety requirements, as the most important thing in this situation is to take care of people’s health”, notes Algirdas Monkevičius, the Minister of Education, Science and Sports.

In case of indoor events, a distance of at least 2 meters must be ensured among spectators and/or participants, except for athletes, their coaches and service personnel. This distance among people may be less if nose and mouth protection is worn during the entire event. A minimum distance of 1 meter must be maintained in open spaces, except for athletes, their coaches and service personnel. In both open and closed spaces, distance restrictions do not apply to spouses, close relatives, adoptive parents, adopted children, guardians and caregivers. Event organisers will be responsible for complying with these requirements.

The plan to increase the number of participants/spectators at cultural and sports events is reviewed every two weeks. It may be revised or revoked as the situation of the COVID-19 changes.

From 17 to 31 July, the number of participants and/or spectators at cultural and sports events set by the Government (up to 400 people in closed spaces and up to 1000 people in open spaces) is in effect. From 1 to 15 August, the allowed number of participants and/or spectators indoors cannot exceed 500.

Photo by Marius Morkevičius (ELTA)