On weekends, and on ordinary days, especially in the evenings, there are many people having fun on the snowy mountains in Vilnius. Some with sleds, others with something else under the butt.
Just not everyone has this fun ending with laughter. Weekend with 15min contacted Gintarė from Vilnius, whose sister has serious consequences after the sleigh ride with children from Tauras Hill.
“Unfortunately, while skating down, my sister bumped into a metal rod that was hammered to hold the fence net so that the children would not skate into the street. Such a network is apparently planned for some time soon, then it didn’t even exist. Municipalities must be held responsible for this incident, as it has not been thought that the fence can be crippled and not be a means of protection.
Metal rods without any guards can take human life, after all, skating on a mountain! My sister injured her spine in three places, thank God she can move her arms and legs, ”Gintarė was angry and complained.
According to her, there may be more such cases – after all, a lot of people gather on Mount Taurus, and the speeds when skating are also high.
The fence post poses a threat
Another dangerous mountain, as Gžegožas from Vilnius observes, is the Savior’s Hill on Maironis Street. Here you can also have fun sledding towards Tymo market, but the danger is posed by a fence, more precisely – one protruding pole. The Vilnius resident noticed that on Monday evening.
“We skated from the hill on Maironio Street, towards Tymo Hill. There, like a roller coaster, the municipality built a protective fence, there are pillars, and one of them protrudes. With my own eyes, I saw three children bump into him as they drove from that mountain. Really very dangerous. People called an ambulance to one child, the parents took the other away, and the third left himself limping, ”Gžegožas said to warn the others.
The man did not wait for another disaster – he called Vilnius City Municipality and found responsible persons and recounted his observations. “I was told that I had already received similar calls and would handle something there. I don’t know if it was already handled, but I really wanted to warn people to drive carefully, “Gžegožas said.
More young people turned to doctors
According to BNS, the number of patients with injuries increased in Vilnius and Kaunas hospitals over the weekend. Vilnius Republican Republican Hospital (RVUL) said that the number of patients coming to the Emergency Department had started to increase since the middle of last week, when the snow fell.
“Obviously, these are the victims of winter entertainment, as the applicants were younger people, the predominant injuries were forearm fractures, upper humeral fractures, ankle ligament sprains or tears, ankle fractures, and bruised wounds,” the hospital reports.
Arūnas Šulnius, Head of the Emergency and Injury Department of Kaunas Hospital, also told BNS that the winter weather had significantly changed the nature of the problems.
“The number of people who applied to us did not increase significantly, but the nature of the injuries changed immediately: when it fell asleep, so did the more serious injuries for younger people,” said a representative of the hospital.
Installs snow dikes
Gintautas Runovičius, Head of the City Management and Environmental Protection Division of Vilnius City Municipality 15min said security next to his favorite roller coaster is taken care of. And indeed, late Tuesday afternoon, the said pillar at the foot of the Savior’s Mountain was snow-covered.
We’re sorry if someone couldn’t avoid the collisions by carelessly enjoying the winter entertainment.
“The City Management and Environmental Protection Department, together with Grinda, is installing snow ramparts on the hills of Vilnius, which should keep skiers from going out to the carriageway. There are also stretched special nets that restrain skiers. The poles, which have a completely different purpose, were padded with a special material.
We’re sorry if someone couldn’t avoid the collisions by carelessly enjoying the winter entertainment. However, we ask you to be more careful, conscious, to keep your distance, to avoid gatherings, to start stopping earlier when skating and to protect your health and the health of those around you better, ”said G.Runovičius.
He also said that at the hill weekend at least the municipality is not going to shut down or chase people away from them.
“Given the current situation and the fact that public order officials are currently required to pay a lot of attention to the control of compliance with the rules of self-isolation, it is not yet possible to patrol the hills,” said the municipal representative.
Police promise new measures
On Monday, the Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Police Renatas Požėlos spoke about the fact that people did not enjoy those pleasures responsibly over the weekend.
According to forecasts, winter will not go away, the same threats and challenges will not go away. We are planning other measures. Perhaps enforcing restrictions on access to one or another object.
“In a way, we became the police of the hills and other places over the weekend. We really had a lot of work to do. This is where we found ourselves between the hammer and the anvil. On the one hand, we have been accused of not being decisive enough, not wasting people, not writing protocols, on the other hand, criticism has been heard of what we are doing there at all. I highlighted the issue at the meeting of the Government Emergency Commission on the importance of streamlining our communication with regard to the same threats in public places.
Our officers have repeatedly heard such irresponsible statements that children are not afraid of the virus, that it is impossible to catch the virus while skating on sledges, ”said R. Požėla.
He also emphasized that the next weekend was being prepared: “According to forecasts, winter will not go away, the same threats and challenges will not go away. Maybe our ally will be cold, in a sense I’m kidding. But we are planning other, perhaps more effective measures. It is possible to restrict the access of persons to one or another object.
The problem is that people end up in the same places at the same time. A lot of those people show up there. We will try to handle that situation even more effectively next weekend. “
The COVID-19 threat remains
Lithuanian chief epidemiologist Loreta Ašoklienė also warned people who spend time in nature that it is not as safe as it may seem.
“Especially when we saw people gathering in nature and parks over the weekend, when speeches about the possibility or impossibility started, there was a higher or lower risk of getting infected while outdoors, so I have to say that the risk of getting infected remains. It is slightly smaller than indoors. But when you are outdoors, without keeping safe distances, without wearing masks, the risk remains the same, ”said the chief epidemiologist.
She also mentioned that masks get wet faster outside and their protection decreases. In addition, with active time spent exercising, the virus is excreted at a higher rate, and children can certainly become infected with COVID-19.
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