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How Kyiv beaches work in quarantine mode?

Author : Yekateryna Chernyavska

Source : 112 Ukraine

The summer heat, and, accordingly, the beach season, is in full swing, but the coronavirus epidemic has still not disappeared. After the weakening of lockdown in Ukraine, the number of Covid-19 patients began to grow again, in particular, in the capital
22:09, 23 June 2020

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Since the country is now in the so-called adaptive quarantine, there is again the possibility of introducing strict quarantine measures. One of which is the closure of public beaches.

It is worth noting that today the beaches of the capital are open, but swimming is prohibited there. So, they should work exclusively as coastal recreation areas until the permission to start the beach season from the State Food and Beverage Service of Kyiv.

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Of course, beaches can only be visited under certain conditions. First of all, as the chief sanitary doctor Viktor Lyashko stated, visitors to the beach should wear masks, as well as all beach workers. In addition, visitors are required to maintain a distance of 2 m and adhere to personal hygiene rules. It is not recommended to visit beaches for people over 60 and people with chronic diseases.

We visited several metropolitan beaches to check if visitors and the administration comply with all the necessary rules.

Approaching the beach from afar, we can immediately see that no one is even going to keep the distance: sheets and sun loungers are studded all over the beach, and rarely there is the necessary distance. This is especially true for shadow corners.

Talking about the masks. Not a single one was seen among visitors, or beach workers, or even food court workers.

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By the way, about the warnings: neither at the entrance to the beach nor near the administration buildings there is even a single mention of quarantine and the epidemic of coronavirus. Only a few informational posters hang on changing booths with recommendations.

Interestingly, the recommendations note a distance of only 1.5 m, and not 2 m, recommended by the Ministry of Health.

It also states that access to the beach is allowed only if you wear a mask, but this, of course, is not checked.

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In general, if you look at the beach, it is hard to guess that in principle there was quarantine in Ukraine and an epidemic still reigns: people swim, play volleyball, and food courts work. And all this goes without observing any rules.

 

 

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