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Authorities tentatively consider softening quarantine

Trade and services are planned to resume in May.

Authorities tentatively consider softening quarantine
Photo: Max Trebukhov

Authorities are considering phasing out the coronavirus quarantine as soon as in April, has learnt from its sources.

According to this plan, small stores with an area of up to 400 sq.m., as well as all construction and garden centres regardless of their area, will open as of 14 April

Other stores, shopping centres and hairdressers will open on 1 May.

School year will resume in mid-May. Restaurants (currently takeaway or delivery only) and beauty salons will be allowed to receive visitors.

There are no plans to open borders yet. They may remain locked until the end of June; airports will not open either. Travel restrictions will depend on the development of the situation.

Easter celebrations will not be banned. The current restrictions do not allow visiting others, but the police will not walk around the apartments and check if these rules are observed.

Last week Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal said that quarantine will be extended after 24 April but can be softened in order to preserve the economy. The Cabinet of Ministers decided that Ukraine could not afford not working for two or three months in a row, so quarantine may be relaxed at the end of the month.

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