The Cabinet of Ministers has once again extended the lockdown in Ukraine for another two months, until October 31. The government has not limited it wearing to masks and social distancing - there are many new security measures. What Ukrainians should know about the new quarantine rules and other restrictions, read on.
The Health Minister Maksym Stepanov noted that the document provides for the strengthening of the restriction measures. The reason is an abrupt increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection.
Restrictive measures are also being strengthened in the regions.
What has changed? In regions with a “green” level of epidemic danger, it is banned to:
- hold discos;
- open the night clubs;
- hold activities of catering establishments for the leisure organizations;
- hold concerts (except for those held by cultural institutions, for which concerts has been the main activity during the last year).
In addition, the document gives local authorities the right to access the data of ‘Diy vdoma’ mobile app to control individuals in self-isolation, observation and quarantine violators.
This means that now these restrictions will act in all regions, regardless of the color of the epidemic danger level. After all, restrictions of the “green” zone and of all the previous levels are added to each of the levels.
The division of the country into colored zones will be in force at least until November 1. Thus, there are preliminary restrictions (different for each of the zones), and new restrictions adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers on August 27 have been added to them.
Conditions of quarantine in four zones are as follow:
In “green” zone it is mandatory to wear a mask or respirator while indoors, observe a distance during mass events (1 person on 5 sq. m), keep a distance during events in cultural institutions (occupancy of 50%), transport people in public transport within the number of seats.
Plus, the restrictions introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers were added to them.
The “yellow” zone has all restrictions of the “green” zone plus the ban to visit social protection facilities for the elderly, other than those providing emergency services.
“Orange” zone has the same restriction that the “yellow” zone and bans work of hostels, camp sites, etc. (except hotels), work of entertainment establishments, restaurants at night, scheduled hospitalizations, work of gyms, fitness centers, cultural institutions, accepting new shifts in children's camps, restrictions for public events: 1 person per 20 square meters and not more than 100 people.
The “red” zone includes all restrictions of the “orange” zone. Plus it bans work of public transport, visiting schools, universities, etc, activities of shopping malls, cafes and restaurants.
Also, the emergency regime is extended in Ukraine until October 31.
Closing borders for foreigners
Another innovation is that Ukraine bans entry for most foreigners and stateless persons. Borders will be closed from 00:00 on August 29 to 00:00 on September 28.
According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, such a measure is intended to prevent the migration of coronavirus to Ukraine from abroad and to prevent the “second wave” of Covid-19 on the territory of the country.
This ruling has exceptions:
- Persons in transit
- Persons serving in the Armed Forces of Ukraine
- Foreigners with a permanent residence permit
- Refugees or persons in need of additional protection
- Transport crew members
- Instructors of the Armed Forces of NATO member states and NATO member states of the Partnership for Peace program who take part in training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or come at the invitation of the Ministry of Defense.
- Cultural figures arriving by invitation with an accompanying person
- Participants in sports competitions on the territory of Ukraine
- Persons transporting stem cells for transplantation, who arrive at health care institutions in Ukraine
- The entry ban will not apply to citizens of Belarus.
If the Cabinet of Ministers is flexible towards Belarusians, there are also those whose plans will be spoilt by the decree. These are, in particular, the Hasidim, who annually come to Uman of Cherkasy region to celebrate the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah. This year the holiday lasts from September 18 to September 20.
The mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy had previously even stated that he was ready to block roads in order to prevent the arrival of pilgrims due to the situation with the coronavirus. Also, even the Israeli Ministry of Health called on not to allow the pilgrimage, because the presence of 30,000 people in a small area will lead to a wave of infections.
Resumption of work of the checkpoint with Crimea
Ukrainians should also take into account the changes in the operation of the checkpoint on the administrative border with annexed Crimea. On the night of Saturday, August 29, the order to suspend the operation of the checkpoint on the border with the peninsula will become invalid.
The representative office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported that according to the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of August 26, starting from 00:00 on August 29, decree No. 979, which restricted entry, terminates.
At the same time, the office announced the promulgation of a further procedure for crossing the administrative border with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Thursday, August 27.