Restrictive measures to combat COVID-19 will be in force in Ukraine until May 11, as planned, but the country is already preparing for quarantine exit. This was discussed at a daily conference call on the prevention of the spread of coronavirus chaired by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is preparing a solution to help entrepreneurs and consumers prepare for safe quarantine exit.
"We must keep restrictive measures in force until May 11, as promised, because human health is of paramount importance. The stable situation with the spread of COVID-19 and the absence of a critical number of patients in our country is only due to timely quarantine measures. But since business needs to prepare for quarantine exit: purchase goods, disinfect, warn people - the whole country will be preparing for this already this week,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal noted that the government is developing algorithms for safe opening of wholesale and retail objects selling non-food goods (except shopping and entertainment centers), beauty salons, car showrooms, museums, libraries and other public institutions that will have clear rules of compliance with sanitary standards.
The opening of summer terraces of public dining facilities is also being considered, but local authorities may restrict their operations or close them given the current situation in the city and region.
The mitigation of quarantine measures is necessary to support the economy of Ukraine, but they can be strengthened again in case of aggravation of epidemiological situation. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has prolonged the global state of emergency.