At the beginning of December 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine made a decision to introduce the quarantine all over Ukraine in January 2021. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal called this event ‘winter holidays in the name of security’. Currently, considering the endless flow of people downtown where there is no issue about masks and social distance, we understand that these New Year holidays had to be banned by a particular law for safety and fight against the spread of coronavirus. But first things first.
So, in terms of the current pandemic of coronavirus, we should understand under ‘lockdown’ the restriction of free movement inside the country and outside, the complete or partial restriction of contact.
Another strict lockdown in Ukraine will take place from January 8 until January 24, 2021. The main difference from the spring quarantine 2020 – the work of public transport will not be stopped.
The groceries, public transport, postal operators, drug stores, restaurants for take-away, banks, post, gas filling station (without food zone) and automobile repair shops will work during the lockdown. The employees of state facilities and utility facilities will work remotely. The leadership of non-governmental enterprises and organizations are recommended to transfer employees to remote work.
From January 8 until January 24, the education establishments, excluding kindergartens, bars, restaurants and cafes (only take-away or delivery), shopping malls, sports centers and swimming polls will not work. The accommodation facilities, excluding hotels and reconditioning centers, will be closed. The Christmas trade fairs and entertainment zones near Christmas trees will be banned. Beauty salons are allowed to admit clients only on reservation and without waiting inside. Besides, the visit of shopping malls, excluding the purchase of essential goods, will be banned. The trade of non-food items is also banned; it will be possible to purchase such goods online.
Concerning the non-food items, it was reported that it would not be allowed to purchase household chemicals, tools, clothes, light bulbs or batteries. However, Health Minister of Ukraine Maksym Stepanov stated that this information is fake, and the government settles the issue of the sale of goods of daily needs during the lockdown.
Moreover, the Cabinet of Ministers not only introduced the lockdown by its decision on December 9, 2020 but also extended All-Ukrainian quarantine until February 28, 2021.
According to the government, these measures are necessary to interrupt the chain of Covid-19 infection and reduce the burden on the medical system. Whether or not they will be effective after the active New Year holidays, only time will tell.
It also should be noted that in comparison with the beginning of December 2020, the incidence statistic with Covid-19 has significantly reduced. At the beginning of January, it varies at the level of 4,000 new cases per day. Meanwhile, as of the beginning of December, the number of infected was observed at about 10,000 per day.