"Seeing the great need to support people's spiritual lives and thus strengthen them, (...) the celebration of the Eucharist will be gradually resumed from Ash Wednesday, February 17," Vilnius Archbishop Gintaras Grusas, president of the Lithuanian Bishops' Conference, told a news conference.

He said all safety measures will be in place to minimize the risk of infection.

Churches in several municipalities with the highest coronavirus infection rates will not resume public services for now.

Public church services have been suspended since December 16 after the government tightened the lockdown restrictions amid spiking coronavirus cases.