Ukraine closed schools, restaurants and gyms as a new strict nationwide lockdown regime for 17 days, starting from Friday, January 8.
The new measures, which include the closure of entertainment centres and a ban on mass gatherings, will be in force until January 24.
The government had decided on January lockdown in early December when Ukraine was at the peak of the epidemic and the number of new cases stood at around 12,000-14,000 a day.
During the lockdown, the operation of cafes, restaurants and bars (except for delivery and takeaway), non-food stores, non-food markets, cinemas, fitness clubs, gyms, swimming pools, theaters and shopping centers is prohibited. Also, all educational institutions are placed on vacation, except for kindergartens and special educational institutions. All public events are prohibited as well.
“It is prohibited to receive visitors by business entities that carry out activities in the field of trade and consumer services to the population, except for the following: trade in food products, medicines, medical products, hygiene products, household chemicals, communications equipment, print media, veterinary medicines, animal feed, seeds, and plant protection products in retail stores, at least 60 percent of which are intended for the sale of such goods. Trade-in other groups of goods are possible only when implementing targeted delivery of orders,” reads the adopted document.
It is also allowed “to carry out activities for the provision of financial services, activities of financial institutions and activities for the collection and transportation of currency values, the activities of postal operators, as well as medical practice, veterinary practice, the activities of gas stations (without food zones), activities for maintenance and repair vehicles, hairdressers and beauty salons by appointment.”
Earlier, during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on December 9, the Ukrainian government adopted the resolution “On the introduction of quarantine to prevent the spread of acute respiratory disease COVID-19 caused by coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in Ukraine.”