Parliament introduced administrative, criminal liability for quarantine violations

12:40, 17 March 2020
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The law establishes administrative responsibility for unauthorized leaving of the observation location - a fine of 1,000 to 2,000 non-taxable minimum incomes, as well as 2,000 to 10,000 non-taxable minimum incomes for government officials.

The law exempts procurements necessary for the fight against coronavirus from procedures stipulated by the Law on Public Procurements; introduces 100% prepayment in such procurements; exempts from import duties and VAT all medicines, medical devices and/or medical equipment designed to combat COVID-19.

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The law provides for a restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years or imprisonment for a term of up to three years for violation of rules and norms established to prevent epidemic and other infectious diseases, as well as mass non-communicable diseases (poisoning), and to combat them, if such actions entailed, or could entail, the spread of these diseases.

Also, such actions entail a fine in the amount of 1,000 to 3,000 non-taxable minimum incomes. The same actions, if they inflicted death or other grave consequences, are punishable by imprisonment for a term of five to eight years.

Parliament instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to establish up to 200% bonuses to medical and other workers directly involved in the elimination of coronavirus disease.

The law also provides, in particular, for the opportunity of remote work for employees, including government officials and those of local government bodies, and providing them with leave of absence upon request.

It is forbidden to bring to administrative responsibility foreigners and stateless persons who were unable to leave Ukraine or were unable to apply for an extension of their stay in Ukraine due to the introduction of quarantine measures.

At the same time, the law provides for the attribution of the legal fact of quarantine to force majeure and the extension of deadlines for obtaining and providing administrative and other services.

The deadline for officials to file declarations of assets has been extended from April 1 to June 1.

For the period of quarantine or restrictive measures, and within 30 days from the date of its cancellation, fines and penalties for late payments for utility services are prohibited, as well as termination/suspension of the utility services in case of non-payment and eviction for late payments.

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