"Weekend quarantine" introduced in Ukraine / Photo from UNIAN

The so-called "weekend quarantine" has been introduced in Ukraine over the aggravated epidemic situation.

The relevant decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, November 11.

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Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal says "weekend quarantine" is an alternative to a complete lockdown of the economy.

"The Ukrainian economy will not survive a full lockdown, that's why the Government and the Health Ministry, together with epidemiologists, analysts, and business CEOs started seeking a balanced option for additional quarantine curbs," he said.

Weekend quarantine in Ukraine: Background

  • On November 9, Ukraine's Deputy Health Minister, Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko said the government would decide soon on the strict quarantine curbs over the weekend.
  • In particular, the Health Ministry invites the government to establish additional quarantine curbs on the territory of Ukraine and prohibit all mass cultural events, restrict the activities of food courts, children's rooms and entertainment zones in shopping and entertainment centers, gyms, fitness centers, and swimming pools.
  • The Health Ministry proposes to recommend to business entities to introduce a separate time for servicing people over 60 years old.
  • In addition, the ministry offers for shops to operate in the red zone, but from 07:00 to 20:00, with the number of visitors capped at one person per 20 square meters.