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31 May 2020 | 09:01 AM UTC

Ukraine: Authorities announce easing of some lockdown restrictions May 30 /update 13

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Ukrainian authorities announce the easing of some COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions May 30; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/31/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Kiev). COUNTRY/REGION Ukraine

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On Saturday, May 30, Ukrainian authorities announced the easing of some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Shopping malls in Kyiv have reopened, although social distancing measures remain in place and customers are required to wear masks and gloves. The reopening of outdoor cafes, beauty salons, dental clinics, museums, and takeaway services has also been permitted. Additionally, parks and recreational areas have been reopened, and groups of up to eight people are allowed to gather in these areas. Food courts and cinemas remain closed. 

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced on May 30 that international and domestic flight operations will resume no earlier than June 15. Public transport is resuming across the country, while inter-regional rail travel is scheduled to restart from Monday, June 1.

Kyiv reopened its subway system on Monday, May 25, although social distancing and the wearing of face masks are required.

As of Sunday, May 31, health authorities have confirmed 23,672 COVID-19 cases and 708 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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