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Top 5 News Stories 19 May

Top 5 News Stories 19 May

  1. As of 18 May, Ukraine has 18 616 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, 535 people have died while 5 276 have recovered.

  1. With respect to the Crimean population, President Volodymyr Zelensky plans to establish two Islamic holidays — Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha — to be officially observed throughout Ukraine. Furthermore, he plans on commissioning the construction of a prominent mosque in Kyiv, designed by representatives of the Crimean population. He expressed his condolences for the Day of Remembrance of the Crimean Tatar Genocide.

  1. Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said the government is considering launching public transport during the next phase of easing quarantine restrictions. This could happen at different times across the country since each region needs to meet certain criteria. In Kyiv, the need to reopen the metro is apparent in the heavy traffic jams caused by citizens returning to work. With the right measures in place, the metro in Kyiv should reopen on 25 May.

  1. The Ministry of Health has put together draft recommendations for reopening public transport. Here is a summarised list of these safety requirements:

– All crew members and drivers must have their temperature taken at the start of the workday and wear a mask throughout the workday.

– All passengers must wear a mask — any passenger without a mask will not be allowed to ride.

– Regions that have graduated to the most relaxed measures can admit passengers only to the number of seats available. Regions with the strictest measures can admit up to 50% capacity of seats available. Interregional transportation will adhere to the most conservative measures.

– Each vehicle of transportation must inform passengers of the COVID-19 safety measures and have posted information and antiseptics available at all exits and entrances.

– The vehicle must be thoroughly cleaned with detergents and disinfectants before each ride.

– Passengers waiting in a cue must stand 1.5 metres apart and interact with employees through glass.

– Employees of the bus station must keep a steady supply of masks and gloves and thoroughly disinfect the area along with maintaining ventilation regularly. They reserve the right to disperse large groups and not admit passengers who appear compromised or most at risk, especially passengers over 60. They must maintain their own regular disinfecting schedule and avoid anyone who appears to have respiratory problems.

  1. Gyms are due to reopen in the next phase of quarantine restrictions. Here is a summary of the requirements recommended by the Ministry of Health:

– All employees must have their temperatures taken at the start of the workday.

– All guests must have their temperatures taken upon entering the institution.

– For individual training, the athlete must remain isolated within a space of 10 square metres.

– For group trainings, group members may work within five square metres.

– Group trainings should be created and held by appointment only.

– Antiseptics and safety information should be positioned at the entrances of the gym and throughout the training area, especially reminding clients of the need to disinfect the equipment.

– During the remainder of quarantine, the following objects are forbidden: reusable towels, including those issued by the gym, printed materials for client perusal, swimming pools, spa and massage services, fitness barres, children’s rooms, machines that can be used by multiple clients simultaneously, conducting any group training with more than 10 people, conducting any training that involves direct physical contact, and conducting any class for children under the age of 14.

– Cardio machines or any other machine that could be used for long intervals should be placed at a minimal distance of 2.5 metres apart. 

– Admittance of customers should be monitored so as to not overcrowd locker rooms or the reception area.

– There are further measures intended for the staff of the fitness establishment, in which they will be duly trained.


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