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The government has extended the quarantine until October: what restrictions will be in effect

The government has extended the adaptive quarantine and emergency regime in Ukraine until October 1, 2021.

This decision was made by the Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting on August 11.

«The current epidemic situation is under control, but experts are beginning to record the first negative trends in the increase in the number of hospitalizations with coronavirus. The government is preparing hospitals, and the number of beds with oxygen is now almost 100%. Moreover, 15,000 oxygen concentrators were additionally purchased, and that will allow treating Ukrainians on an outpatient basis.»

Denys Shmyhal

Denys Shmyhal

The Prime Minister of Ukraine

Adaptive quarantine provides for restrictions depending on the epidemic situation in the region. As before, this means dividing the country into zones, each of which has its own conditions of anti-epidemic security.

In particular, due to the spread of the coronavirus strain delta, a new wave of morbidity is expected in the fall. Now Ukraine is in the "green" zone where a mask regime and anti-epidemic measures are in force.

Restrictions in the "yellow" zone

The "yellow" zone provides for the following restrictions:

  • to hold mass events if 4 square meters of the area are allotted for one person or the hall is 50% full;
  • to visit educational institutions in groups of no more than 20 people;
  • the presence of spectators in the stands during sports events, with restrictions;
  • the work of catering establishments until 00:00.

Restrictions in the "orange" zone

"Orange" zone is a signal to business, local authorities, and regulatory authorities that a "red" level can be imposed. It is imposed when at least one of the indicators (bed occupancy is more than 75%, a low number of tests for coronavirus in the region, a large number of hospitalizations, detection of diseases by PCR method is more than 20%, an increase in the number of hospitalizations) is exceeded:

In the "orange" zone, the "yellow" restrictions apply. Prohibition of the activities of accommodation establishments: hostels, tourist centers, etc., except for hotels; activities of entertainment establishments and restaurants at night are prohibited. Planned hospital admissions; acceptance of new sessions in children's camps; work of gyms, fitness studios, cultural institutions are allowed; a restriction is imposed for mass events: 1 person per 20 sq. m and no more than 100 people in the premises.

Restrictions in the "red" zone

The "red" quarantine zone means severe restrictions if there is a threat of the healthcare system collapse. To move to this zone, two out of five indicators must be exceeded for three consecutive days. Schools, restaurants and shopping centers, cinemas, theaters, educational institutions (except for kindergartens and primary schools), food markets and other institutions will be closed (the same restrictions as during the January quarantine).

Context. Some Ukrainian cities have already begun to prepare for a possible lockdown. For instance, from August 10, an electronic application system began operating in test mode in Kyiv. It will be possible to obtain special passes for public transport in the case of a lockdown via this system.

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