Lithuania to unify its mask requirement from next week

The Lithuanian government has decided to change its mask rules from Monday, November 15, seeking a single type of safer medical masks, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.
This Wednesday, on November 10, the Lithuanian government approved the Lithuanian Health Ministry’s proposal that only medical masks or respirators could be worn in places where mouth and nose coverings are required.
As of October 1, people in Lithuania must wear masks in all indoor public places. Until now, fabric masks were also allowed, but they will have to be replaced with medical masks or respirators.
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According to Asta Razmienė, a representative of the National Public Health Centre (NVSC), some masks might not be medical despite resembling them.
Medical masks must be made of three layers of non-woven material, Razmienė said. Packaging of medical masks must bear the CE marking and state that masks comply with EN 14683 standard.
According to Razmienė, coloured masks can also be medical. People should look for the necessary marking to make sure that coloured masks meet the medical requirements.
The inside of a medical mask, coloured or not, must be white to show whether it is dirty, the expert added.