Ukraine extends quarantine by late 2020 / REUTERS

The Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine's government, has extended the adaptive quarantine by late 2020.

The relevant resolution was adopted at a government meeting on Tuesday.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal explained that adaptive quarantine amid the rapid spread of COVID-19 is still "the most effective mechanism" not only in Ukraine, but also in the world. He called the decision "a necessary step."

Adaptive quarantine: Innovations

The Health Ministry is changing the criteria by which the regions refer to quarantine zones. In particular, this applies to the testing indicator. The ministry plans to increase it to 48 per 100,000 people.

At the same time, the Health Ministry will take into account only those beds in hospitals that are reserved for those infected with COVID-19.

Read alsoHealth ministry to offer quarantine extension until Dec 31Regions with morbidity rates of more than 320 per 100,000 people within 14 days will be put in the red quarantine zone.

All sports events may be held without spectators in the green, yellow, and orange quarantine zones, except for international events as agreed by the Health Ministry separately.

Restrictions in quarantine zones:

From now on, the work of restaurants and cafes will be limited (they will close no later than 22:00) even in the green and yellow zones. Exceptions have been made only for catering establishments.

Holding mass, cultural and sports events with the participation of over 50 people will be prohibited in the green quarantine zones, as well as over 30 people in the yellow zone, and 20 people in the orange zone.

All restaurants and employers are recommended to organize work in shifts or via the Internet, while educational institutions are encouraged to switch to distance or blended learning. Distance learning is proposed to be introduced in colleges and universities from October 15 to November 15.

Face masks and gloves are still mandatory in public places.

Adaptive quarantine in Ukraine

Restrictions set in August 2020 / Health Ministry