Kyiv shutting down all shops, cafes, leaving only grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations open to public
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko on Monday, March 16, said all shops and catering facilities will be closed in the city starting March 17.
The shutdown spares grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
In a video message published on Facebook, Klitschko said trips between the city of Kyiv and other settlements of Ukraine would be limited as much as possible since March 17, as well as holding cultural, sports, social, religious and other events implying mass attendance, as well as the work of catering establishments.
In particular, fast food establishments, restaurants, cafes, bars shall suspend operations, except for rendering food delivery services.
Shopping malls shall be closed as well, with the exception of grocery and hardware stores and pharmacies. Gas stations, banks and ATMs will operate as usual.
The work of sports complexes is suspended; as well as public service institutions; SPA salons, beauty salons, saunas, beauty parlors, massage parlors, hairdressers, tattoo parlors, and entertainment venues, such as discos, night clubs, and game clubs.
Klitschko says the city government will keep working in normal mode to ensure safety of residents of the capital. Departments of Kyiv City State Administration are instructed regarding the temporary ban on collegial meetings, public hearings, and personal receptions of citizens. Centers for administrative services will accept citizens, but only by prior online appointment.
At the same time, heads of enterprises, institutions and organizations, regardless of ownership and subordination, should maximize remote work options for employees, as well as introduce a preventive monitoring regime for employees who recently arrived from countries with high coronavirus infection risk.
"With regard to public transport, we are not limiting its use yet. But we hope that the people of Kyiv will be conscious not to move around the city unless it's absolutely necessary – to work (those who work), to grocery stores, or to a pharmacy. All public transport is disinfected several times a day. We ask passengers to wear face masks while traveling in the subway! This is your safety and the safety of those around you," Klitschko added.