Strict restrictions of the "red" zone have begun to act in Kyiv from today. Now cafes, restaurants, hostels, social security establishments, gyms, swimming pools, fitness centers can work if all employees and visitors are vaccinated or have a negative PCR test. In case of non-compliance, the visitor will be fined 17,000 hryvnias (~$646).
It is also forbidden to be at bus stops, crossings, on the territory of hospitals, and in other places where it is difficult to maintain a distance of one meter, without a mask. A person can travel by public transport only if he/she is vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 1 dose or with a test for Covid-19.
Children cannot visit the mall without adults with a certificate or PCR test. All schools in the capital are now also on distance learning, kindergartens are still working.
It is not allowed to hold mass events, except for official sports events, without spectators, events for attestation, and assessment of the quality of education (allowed if visitors and workers have a negative PCR test or express test).
Compliance with the quarantine is monitored by mobile police teams with tablets to check certificates. They come to people in the shopping centers and transport passengers selectively. If there are no Covid documents, they write out the admin protocol and submit it to the court.
We will tell you how the first day of the lockdown goes for the unvaccinated people in Kyiv: the queues near the vaccination points, whether the certificates are requested in the shopping and entertainment centers and restaurants.
The subway cars are almost empty even during rush hour. Law enforcement officers are on duty at the entrance, and they selectively check whether people have Covid certificates or other documents confirming that a person is not infected with the coronavirus.
If a person wants to go to the metro, he/she does not have a Covid certificate; they hold an explanatory conversation with him and send him/her back.
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Police officers also travel on trains and can approach a person even in a carriage.
The same happens in buses, trolleybuses, and trams. Sometimes shuttle vans’ drivers, fearing fines, still did not take more passengers into the cabin than their seats allow.
How the certificates are checked in transport, see here:
Kyiv was hammered in traffic jams in the morning. As of 9:00 am, there was an average level of traffic congestion in Kyiv. In particular, bridges and the city center are stuck in traffic jams. Transport traffic is complicated on the avenues of Stepan Bandera, Peremohy, and Valeriy Lobanovsky.
Taxi prices have also doubled.
The hype at vaccination centers
Meanwhile, the hype at vaccination centers and clinics continues. Thus, near the vaccination point at the International Exhibition Center (IEC) there were long queues on Monday morning as RBK-Ukraine reported.
People started arriving at 5 o'clock in the morning. In the queue, those wishing to be vaccinated do not observe the social distance, there is a crowd. Not everyone uses facial masks.
In the clinic on Vyshhorodska Street, a queue has formed of those who want to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as Strana reported. But only those who have not registered in advance for vaccination are staying in queues. Residents of Kyiv, who signed up for a specific time through "Helsi", spend 10-15 minutes to receive vaccinations.
Near the Ocean Plaza shopping center, the queue stretched out onto the street, people observe social distance and wear masks.
Children and adults can only visit the malls with parents who are vaccinated or have a negative PCR test.
Some shopping malls check the documents formally. It is enough to show the document, and the guard lets through without looking at what is written there. Besides, people without vaccinations are also allowed – there are supermarkets and vaccination stations in many malls.
Cafes and restaurants
The availability of certificates is checked at the entrance to the McDonald's network: near the central station, at Akademmistechko, and in other areas.
It is not easy to enter the facility even with a certificate as the Diya app should be “persuaded”, according to some users of the social networks.
Cafe "Khlibny" works as usual without checking the visitors' certificates or PCR tests, as Strana reported.
Entering inside even with a certificate is not obtained on the first attempt, you need to "persuade" "Diya", users of social networks complain:
On the first day of lockdown, cafes are also half empty, and holders of "green" certificates can still enjoy the situation.