Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy stated that he is ready to block the roads not to allow the arrival of Hasidim pilgrims for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah due to the situation with coronavirus as he reported on Facebook.
According to Tsebriy, the decision of the commission on human-generated environmental disasters and the emergency situation on the entrance of 5,000-10,000 Hasidim to Uman cannot be changed. That is why the mayor is ready to take drastic measures to prevent the arrival of Hasidim.
“I am ready for the most drastic measures within the legislation in power. You remember how the entrances to Uman city were blocked by checkpoints. This decision can be made by Uman commission on human-generated environmental disasters and emergency situation,” Tsebriy reported.
Moreover, the mayor decided to come to Kyiv for a meeting with the president to inform the head of the state about the situation in the city.
Earlier, Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy stood against the arrival of Hasidim in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The government predicts the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic exactly for September. That is why I stand against the visit of our city by the pilgrims this year,” Tsebriy stated.
Besides, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine formed the view that the arrival of the dozens of thousand of Hasidim-pilgrims in Uman for the celebration of Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah in the traditional format this year is impossible.
In 2019, over 30,000 Hasidic pilgrims celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in Ukraine.