Ukraine: COVID-19 - Adaptive quarantine extended and other measures adopted

In brief

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine by its Regulation No. 641 dated 22 July 2020 extended the adaptive quarantine until 31 August 2020 and adopted a range of other measures.


Division of the country into zones

Depending on the level of the spread of COVID-19, all regions will be divided into 'green', 'yellow,' 'orange' and 'red' zones, which will affect the quarantine restrictions in each region. At the same time, even for 'green' zone regions, certain restrictions will take place, in particular:

  • Mass events are permitted provided that there is no more than one person present per 5 square meters.
  • Cinemas and cultural institutions should be filled by no more than 50%.
  • Regular and irregular passenger transportation by automobile and railway transport is permitted only within the number of seats, etc.

In the regions classified as 'yellow', 'orange' or 'red' zones, additional restrictions will be imposed, including such drastic as a ban on public transport and the operation of educational institutions, the closure of eating establishments and fitness centers, etc.

Border crossing by foreigners

During the period of quarantine, foreigners (with certain exceptions) are prohibited from crossing the state border into Ukraine without an insurance policy covering the expenses for the treatment of COVID-19 and/or observations.

The persons arriving from the countries with a high level of COVID-19 spread, or who are citizens of such countries, are subject to mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the moment of crossing the border (with certain exceptions). The list of the countries with a high level of COVID-19 spread is maintained by the Ministry of Health.

Self-isolation (or observation) after the border crossing will be terminated, if the person tests negative for COVID-19, provided such testing is carried out after the border crossing or no less than 48 hours before such crossing.

Recommendations to employers

Given the extension of both the quarantine and the restrictions, employers should consider the following:

  • Appoint employees responsible for preventive and anti-epidemic measures, the daily monitoring of restrictive measures and the prompt implementation of necessary measures.
  • Extend remote working regimes or introduce flexible working regimes that envisage different work start and end times for different categories of employees.
  • Discuss with the employees the possibility of using their annual vacation during the quarantine. Receive partial unemployment benefits for the quarantine period (if there are grounds), etc.

Information resources

The COVID-19 Resource Center provides key resources, legal alerts by jurisdiction and contacts in our offices who may provide additional information.

The C OVID-19 Global Employer Guide provides answers to the most popular questions from employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers 42 countries, including Ukraine.

The Beyond COVID-19: Ukraine Legal Guide covers the most important legal aspects that affect businesses in Ukraine, including employment.

 

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