the government is preparing for the possible introduction of quarantine for the winter holidays, the prime minister of ukraine denis shmyhal said.
“the introduction of tougher measures is not currently being discussed, but we understand: the end of december and the beginning of the new year holidays are meetings, fairs, close contacts between people. and that can significantly push the disease, which our medical system may not be able to withstand, ”he said opening a government meeting on wednesday.
shmygal specified that at the initiative of the president, the government has developed support programs and is counting on the support of the parliament.
“yesterday, president of ukraine vladimir zelensky spoke about important initiatives to support people and business if quarantine is strengthened. i emphasize: we are preparing for all possible scenarios, in particular for the possible introduction of quarantine for the winter holidays, ”the prime minister said.
earlier, the minister of culture and information policy of ukraine, oleksandr tkachenko, proposed to schedule a two-week lockdown, tied to the new year holidays, and also to abandon mass events for christmas and new year.
“according to the plan of the ministry of health announced at the moment, we are waiting for the last quarantine of the weekend. everyone who cannot work under the conditions of coronavirus bans and restrictions is waiting for this. we are talking about the creative economy, and about tourism, and about small and medium-sized businesses, and the like, "tkachenko wrote in the telegram channel.