"In light of the current situation, today we decided not to resume public church services with the participation of the faithful," he told a remote news conference.

Grusas said churches would remain open only to private prayer and services.

The Lithuanian Bishops' Conference said on Tuesday that public church services would resume on January 11, but with limits on attendance.

The bishops suspended public church services in mid-December after the government tightened the lockdown restrictions amid spiking coronavirus cases.