Ukraine Opens Shopping Malls, Bans Exports of Anti-Epidemic Goods

  • According to the mayor, hotels other than hostels will also be able to start operating on May 30.
  • According to Klitschko, the tourist flow in Kyiv in April-May decreased by more than 90 percent compared to the same period in 2019.
  • The government extended until July 1 a ban on the export of anti-epidemic goods from Ukraine.

Shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv will open on Saturday, May 30, but without the operation of entertainment zones, and in compliance with sanitary norms and regulations, said Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. He made this announcement at an online briefing on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Vitali Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. He currently serves as Mayor of Kiev and head of the Kiev City State Administration, having held both offices since June 2014.

According to the mayor, hotels other than hostels will also be able to start operating on May 30. “There are clear requirements for hotels, which they must comply with,” Klitschko said. “Temperature screening of staff and guests. Visitors are allowed to stay in the lobby at the same time at the rate of no more than one person per 10 square meters.”

At the same time, the restaurants in the hotels will be open and so will room service, for the time being. “The decision on the work of restaurants and cafes in the capital will be made by the emergency commission separately,” he said.

According to Klitschko, the tourist flow in Kyiv in April-May decreased by more than 90 percent compared to the same period in 2019. He also said that tour operators, agencies, hotels, and restaurants lost about $1 billion during the period.

Klitschko stressed that the resumption of domestic and foreign tourism depends on the operation of rail transport, passenger transport, which (long-distance trains) will resume on June 1, and air transport, whose regular flights intend to resume no earlier than June 15.

Cabinet Extends Ban on the Export of Anti-Epidemic Products

The government extended until July 1 a ban on the export of anti-epidemic goods from Ukraine. The cabinet made such a decision with a one-day revision during a meeting on May 27.

“It is proposed to change the validity of the licensing regime for the export of anti-epidemiological products . . . by 1 July 2020,” said said Igor Petrashko, head of the Ministry of Economic Development, Economy and Agriculture. “That is, in fact, we will extend the ban on the export of such goods by one month,” he said during the meeting.

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Ukraine when the country’s first case was confirmed to be hospitalized in Chernivtsi Oblast on 3 March 2020. As of 09:00 on May 28, there were 21,905 cases in Ukraine and 658 deaths.

In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers authorized the export of waterproof laboratory suits and disposable insulating medical gowns of 1-5 types of protection. The National Security and Defense Council proposed the Cabinet ban the export of these goods on January 31. However, it took the government 41 days to make a decision.

At the same time, the government imposed a ban on the export of medical goods in a timely manner. This happened because of the bureaucratic procedure in which the Ministry of Health showed its complete irresponsibility, and the Ministry of Economics did not take an operative tough decision on this matter.

The Cabinet of Ministers was only able to form the final list of goods that must be purchased to protect doctors, and in what quantity, on March 20. The purchase of goods to protect the public was not discussed at all. At the same time, quarantine in Ukraine was introduced on March 12.

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