Weekend lockdown: Would Ukrainians stand up to this storm?

Author : Antonina Slavytska

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This weekend was first after Ukrainian authorities announced the so-called “weekend lockdown”
15:32, 16 November 2020

This weekend was first after Ukrainian authorities announced the so-called “weekend lockdown.” It’s not a secret that businesses – catering establishments, beauty salons, gyms, etc. – receive half of their revenue for Saturday-Sunday. Therefore, this half can be safely minus, it will not be until the end of quarantine.

The same will happen with cultural institutions. Here is a direct speech by Minister Tkachenko: "Weekend quarantine will hit very hard on the industries that our ministry is engaged in. These are culture, creative industries, hotels. And, indisputably, this is 50% of their income for the weekend. If such a decision has already been made, then we need to talk about compensation in this area on an extremely large scale."

However, no compensation is provided for anyone. Therefore, let us take into consideration the UN’s position here.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ukraine could face the worst recession in decades, leaving more than 9 million people in poverty. This is stated in the United Nations report for October. According to the study, since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 80% of households have lost income and more than 40% of families have lost at least one family member.

How can Ukrainians survive in such conditions? This is a rhetorical question.

No, I do not belong to the "covid dissidents," I do not call to ignore the lockdown measures and not to wear masks. I'm just addressing a reasonable question to the government: how do people feed their families? And what will this short break give medicine if our health care system is not ready to take on new challenges?

Outrageous and frightening is the case when a woman in labor infected with the coronavirus gave birth right outside the hospital door because she was not allowed inside with the "infection." The case speaks for itself.

And now many are also deprived of the opportunity to earn living…

Related: Ukraine could shut down borders if full lockdown is imposed, - Foreign Minister

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