A Vilnius resident is calling for help: 15 people are stuck in his hostel, who could be infected with the virus
Now we are a quarantine hostel. Electricity, heating, washing bedding costs a lot, but I can’t throw people on the street, ”its owner Vytautas Laucius described the difficult situation in his hostel in the Old Town of Vilnius to the lrytas.lt portal.
At present, 70 places in Jamaika Hostel are home to 15 homeless people. These are citizens of Italy, Argentina, India, Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Also Lithuanians living in the United Kingdom who no longer have a home in Lithuania. Most of them have been in high-risk areas with a high risk of contracting the virus.
These people cannot reach their homes, because most flights from Vilnius Airport are canceled, and those that can still be requested are very expensive. People don’t have that much money.
V. Laucius has already applied to Vilnius Municipality, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Migration Department regarding this, but has not received any reaction. It costs him 11 thousand a month to maintain a hostel. At present, guests staying here from abroad pay 10 euros per day. Expenditure is far from equal to revenue. “Of course, it hurts, but there is still humanity, I can’t throw those people on the street,” Laucius said.
Most of the hostel staff refused to work during the quarantine for fear of becoming infected. V.Laucius will not condemn them, now they are three left to work. Everyone tries not to interact with older people, for whom coronavirus is particularly dangerous. True, on March 20, the two Russians somehow found who would take them to the Russian border and left. Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rasa Jakilaitienė informed lrytas.lt that the situation in the Jamaica Hostel is already being discussed at the Emergency Coordination Center.
“There are more similar questions, but it is not easy to answer them, because we have not encountered such problems. For foreigners in such a situation, we suggest first contacting the embassies of their countries. “Basically, they could contact us for quarantine – if there was a need. But if there is no such need, then – to the embassies or consulates of their countries, ”urged Povilas Poderskis, the director of the Vilnius administration.
Another employee of Klaipėda guest house applied to the portal lrytas.lt regarding a similar problem. “I work in a guest house in Klaipeda, a man from Sweden lived with us when he returned during the quarantine, I called the emergency number to ask us what to do, it suggested to keep to self-isolation, but we could not force him to stay in the room.
The guest house is also home to Russians from Denmark. I don’t understand how you let such people in when the government says we have to shut up and try to protect ourselves from working with the newcomers. Indeed, in each case, it is difficult to call the Corona hotline at 1808, and we have so many questions, nothing is clear.
Well, what about disinfecting the premises, but the hotel guests are worried about us, because we manage their rooms and they don’t want to go anywhere from the rooms. I’m afraid of getting infected, but I don’t want to publicize everything here, but it’s really no longer funny when you can’t get any help, advice. And when our guests go out on a walk in the city? After all, they endanger others as well. We don’t know how to behave anymore, “writes the disturbed woman.
Meanwhile, we recall the report circulated by the Ministry of Health, which states that after the quarantine is announced in Lithuania, all people who have returned from abroad are subject to mandatory 14-day isolation. This applies not only to isolation at home, but also to anyone living in hotels or other accommodation establishments. These people also have to follow strict rules.
written by: Dalia Gudavičiūtė 2020-03-21 10:03 , atnaujinta 2020-03-21 13:07