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Ukraine Resumed Nationwide Quarantine

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The Ukrainian government resumed a nationwide quarantine on Monday, 16 November instead of the adaptive quarantine that had been in force during previous months due to the sharp spread of coronavirus infection. New restrictions have also been launched for mass events, cinemas and public transport.

Thus, the following are prohibited: mass events with the participation of more than 20 people, occupancy of more than 50% of seats in theatres and cinemas, public transport; work of discos, catering establishments with leisure activities organisation, restaurants, and cafes’ work from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.; and planned hospitalisations.

Also, there is a ban on passengers’ transportation by public transport on urban, suburban, intra-regional, inter-regional routes in quantities more than the number of seats provided by a vehicle’s technical characteristics.

The recommended time for retirees is implemented: from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. at retail outlets, government agencies, and others.

Last weekend, a weekend quarantine came into force, which prohibited the operation of shopping and entertainment centres, gyms, fitness centres, swimming pools, as well as theatre activities and mass events during weekends. Visiting bars, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment establishments were also forbidden. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, trade facilities for hygiene products, veterinary drugs, and feed stores remain open as well as financial institutions, technical service stations, and food delivery.

According to  Dmytro Kuleba, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the state border is not closed yet. Such measures will be applied in the case of a full lockdown.

To recap, earlier Denis Shmygal, the prime minister of Ukraine, explained that if the rigid quarantine is not imposed, there will be no places in hospitals in general by the middle of December.

Bohdan Marusyak

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