The restrictions will not apply to fully-vaccinated people who have developed immunity, to those who have had the coronavirus and this has been confirmed by a PCR or antigen test, or a serological antibody test, and to those having a negative PCR test done within the last 48 hours, as well as to children under 16 years of age.

Health Minister Arunas Dulkys told the Cabinet that the restrictions were being put in place to prevent rising coronavirus cases from hampering other medical services and to protect people who cannot get vaccinated.

"We already have 334 [occupied] COVID-19 beds today," he said.

Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said that "during this wave, we are less concerned with counting the number of cases and more concerned with calculating the impact on the health system."

As of September, those without an immunity certificate or a negative PCR test result will be barred from most services that require contact between service providers and customers.

Such people will be only allowed into grocery, pharmacy, veterinary and optical stores with floor space of up to 1,500 square meters and with direct access from the street.

Beauty salons, food serving establishments, entertainment venues and events, except outdoor events with up to 500 participants, will be also closed to people without immunity either from vaccination or prior infection unless they have a negative PCR test result.