Mayor Klitschko: Kyiv subway to resume work only if Cabinet decides so
Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko says the resumption of subway traffic in the capital city of Kyiv will depend on a relevant resolution by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
When asked at an online briefing on April 27 about the plans to have the subway resume operations no earlier than May 31, Klitschko said: "Kyiv Metro hasn't released any official information about the date of the resumption of subway operations. News report 'picked up' and disseminated by certain media is a fake one. It was taken from what was allegedly Kyiv Metro's Telegram channel, but it the company has no such channel ... Unfortunately, not all media have asked for official confirmation."
Klitschko reminded that, according to the government resolution, restrictive measures over the COVID-19 spread, including those related to subway passenger transportation, were extended until May 11.
"After that, taking into account the epidemiological situation, further decisions will be taken. I emphasize that the decision to shut down the subway in Kyiv, Dnipro, and Kharkiv was made by the government. So, the resumption of subway operations will depend on Cabinet's resolutions," the official said.
According to the mayor, intensive repair works are underway at subway stations during lockdown.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 12, Ukraine's government introduced the nationwide quarantine to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On March 19, subway operations were suspended, while other public transport has been carrying passengers with special passes.
The Cabinet on April 22 decided to extend quarantine restrictions until May 11.
On April 25, there were reports on Telegram that Kyiv subway to resume operations no earlier than May 31.
On April 26, the Kyiv Metro, a municipally owned subway system, said it had released no information about the date of resumption of subway operations.