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The Lviv City Council prolonged the «red zone» in Lviv until 13 December, while the Government strengthened the «yellow zone» rules, so that unvaccinated people still won’t be able to visit cultural, dining, and other establishments even in the lower level of epidemiological danger.
Also, starting from the next week, the staff of these establishments will be obliged to scan the QR-codes of visitor’s Covid-certificates using the «DIIA» app before letting them in. This will be made to check if the digital document is valid, and the Ministry of health starts working on putting the QR-codes on the printed certificates as well.
Since 22 November, several easings to the quarantine rules came into force. In particular, cultural establishments (theatres, cinemas, Opera House, Philarmonic, and Organ hall etc.) are allowed to work with 50% occupation of the seats and if all the staff and visitors are vaccinated or tested. Also, all schools and extracurricular activities are allowed to function if the whole staff is vaccinated or tested. Higher education establishments are also recommended to restore offline studying.
At the same time, one restriction was added: As of 22 November, unvaccinated people or those without proof of a negative test cannot use public transport between towns and villages within the Lviv region, outside of Lviv city
All other restrictions, as they applied in the city and concerned the «red» zone, remain unchanged from 30 October:
In particular, the work of public catering establishments (restaurants, cafes), shopping malls, non-food markets and shops, holding mass events, etc. is technically prohibited. But, the restrictions will not apply if 100% of organisers, employees, and visitors to these institutions (events) are vaccinated or can show proof of a negative test from within the previous 72 hours. Around the city you will see most, if not all, places are open.
With the introduction of the «red» level of quarantine, the following are the rules:
- Public transport can function with 50% seats occupied by passengers, and if the drivers have a «green» Covid-certificate, confirming full vaccination, or a negative PCR-test. If the situation will worsen, «green» certificates will also be obligatory for passengers, as it’s already been introduced in Kyiv;
- To travel between regions, passengers must have a negative PCR or express test or coronavirus vaccination certificate;
- Public catering establishments can work only for vaccinated or tested visitors, except for delivery and take-out orders. Restaurants, bars and cafes cannot accept visitors inside after 11 pm, even if they are vaccinated;
- Beauty salons, barber shops, museums and galleries can work if their staff and visitors are fully vaccinated, tested or have a proof of enduring the disease.
- Operation of non-food markets and shops, gyms, swimming pools and fitness centers is allowed only for vaccinated or tested visitors;
- Holding mass events, except for official sports events and matches of team games without spectators, remains prohibited;
masks are obligatory in medical and educational institutions; also, in the underpasses, on public transport stops and other public places, in case if the social distance of 1 meter cannot be maintained
Except: Banks, gas stations, veterinary shops, pharmacies, and all grocery stores are allowed to operate for all visitors in the «red» zone. In the red level of epidemic danger, educational institutions can work if 100% of employees have a «green» vaccination certificate.
Believers are also encouraged to stay home and listen to services online. For those who want to go to the temple, it is advisable to pray in the open air on its territory.
By Joe Lindsley and Vitalii Holich
Lviv Now is an English-language website for Lviv, Ukraine’s «tech-friendly cultural hub.» It is produced by Tvoe Misto («Your City») media-hub, which also hosts regular problem-solving public forums to benefit the city and its people.