News Society, 14/04/2021

‘Red’ Level of Epidemic Danger in Kharkiv Region: How It Really Works?

New quarantine restrictions imposed for the “red” danger level of the Covid-19 coronavirus spread have been introduced in the Kharkiv region since April 11.

“The corresponding decision was made on April 9 at the extraordinary meeting of the State Commission on Technogenic and Environmental Safety and Emergency Situations,” informs Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Oleh Nemchynov on his Telegram channel.

Kharkiv city council provides information concerning additional restrictions on educational institutions, catering, trade, and entertainment.

What is prohibited during the lockdown?

  • attendance of educational institutions except for kindergartens, specialized institutions and 1-st-4th-grade students of general education institutions;
  • operation of cultural institutions, in particular theaters and cinemas;
  • operation of non-food markets and shops.

What will continue to work during the quarantine?

  • Shops over 60 percent of which area is occupied by shelves with food products;
  • public transport is allowed to operate only if no more than 50 percent of the seats in the carriage are filled ;
  • cafes and restaurants may offer takeaways only.

How does it work in reality?

In fact, quarantine in Kharkiv is going unnoticed. Despite the “red” zone, transport and trade workers find ways to circumvent prohibitions.

Kharkiv Today informs that on April 12, Kharkiv residents who were traveling to work by public transport did not notice any changes. Trolleybuses and trams were overcrowded. Patrols were not noticed on most routes.

There is no control over the number of passengers in the subway. Although the utility company’s press service insists that trains have run more frequently since April 11, on April 12 at 08:30 a.m. the overcrowding in the carriages was the same as usual: it was not possible to get on the train even at the Heroes of Labor (Heroiv Truda in English) terminal station. There were no routine patrols at the University (Universytet in English) metro station, who hunt for passengers without masks at the entrance.

Sellers of non-food stores used a trick that had been invented during previous quarantines. Their stores are open, but with “Online orders only” signs on the doors. This is how, for example, the shops on the radio market near the Heroes of Labor metro station work. Kiosks in the metro underpasses work too.

So, it can be observed that severe quarantine restrictions in Kharkiv region are offset by large-scale non-compliance.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo:, Khrkiv Today, Natalia Ivanova