On November 13, a rally of entrepreneurs against the weekend quarantine took place near the Kharkiv Regional State Administration.
About 500 owners and employees of restaurants and public catering, as well as various leisure and cultural facilities, participated in the protest action. According to the protesters, the weekend quarantine “will finally finish off their business and leave tens of thousands of families without work and money.”
The protesters banged on pots and held posters saying “We need to eliminate COVID, not catering,” “We want to work,” “Authorities to quarantine,” “How to feed our children?” “Return us the right to work” etc.
Reference: On November 11, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduced a weekend quarantine from November 14. In addition to the restrictions provided for on weekdays, the activities of catering establishments, shopping centers, leisure and cultural facilities, gyms, fitness centers, accommodation facilities, including hotels (except those that perform social functions) will be banned on weekends. Grocery stores, chemists and transport will continue to operate.
On November 17, the Ukrainian Parliament didn’t support a draft resolution, in which the Cabinet of Ministers was recommended to reconsider quarantine restrictions and ease them on weekends.
Text: Natalia Ivanova