Kyiv Mayor Says Ukrainian Capital Will Close Most Businesses
16 March, 2020

All businesses except grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and banks will be closed in Kyiv starting March 17.

This was reported by the press service of Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klychko.

As of March 17, the movement of people between Kyiv and other populated areas will also be limited. The capital will also restrict holding cultural, sports, social, religious and other mass events.

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In addition, malls, fast-food establishments, restaurants, cafes and bars must also all close their doors,though, they will be able to accept online food delivery orders.

Grocery and hardware stores, as well as pharmacies, gas stations, banks and ATMs will continue to operate as usual.

Gyms, spas, beauty salons, hairdressers, nightclubs will also be closed.

Company executives have been asked to allow employees to work from home.

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According to Klychko, while the use of public transport is not currently restricted, he urged residents not to move around the city unless absolutely necessary.

Earlier, all establishments, except pharmacies and grocery stores, were closed in Lviv and Odesa.

A quarantine had already been introduced across Ukraine to contain the spread of the coronavirus on March 12. All schools, including private ones, must remain closed for three weeks until April 3. Also, mass rallies of over 200 people are banned in the country.

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From March 16, Ukraine will close the border for foreigners for two weeks to stem the spread of the coronavirus. And from March 17, Ukraine will close the passenger air service.

Five cases of coronavirus infection have been registered in Ukraine so far, four of them in the western Chernivtsi region. One of them was lethal — on March 13, a 71-year-old pensioner from northern Ukraine died.