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Business has proposals regarding the work under the adaptive lockdown

18/ 02/ 2021
  The adaptive quarantine will be again introduced in Ukraine on February 24. The European Business Association has always supported the Governments rational steps in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Thus, given the adoption of amendments to the CMU Resolution №1236, the business had a number of proposals related to the work of companies in the red, orange and yellow zones. On February 18, the resolution was published, and the community could see that most of the proposals from the business, which were communicated to the Government during the January lockdown, are included in this document. Businesses, which have less than 60% of the premises used for the sale of food, fuel, medicines, and medical devices, veterinary drugs, feed, hygiene products and household chemicals, communications, print media, feed, seeds, plant protection products, are allowed to trade without restricting visitors access to other goods presented in the store. In fact, it means that the sale of non-food products is permitted in the retail outlet. After all, if the consumer has already got to the store, he/she should have the possibility to buy everything that is on the shelves, without restrictions. However, business still has some suggestions to which the European Business Association asks the state officials to pay attention. Thus, the Resolution prohibits the activities of businesses that serve visitors, without wearing personal protective equipment (protective masks or respirators) that cover the nose and mouth. According to the wording of the document, if the business serves the customer without a mask, it faces not a fine but a closure which may be grounds for abuse by regulatory authorities. Therefore, it is necessary to either clarify this wording in the resolution or remove the provisions from the document. Also, we propose to allow the sale of electrical goods in stores which are intended for cleaning and disinfection of premises or areas as this is of particular importance during the epidemic. Besides, there are restrictions or prohibitions on all mass (entertainment, sports, social, advertising, and other) events, except for official sports events included in the Unified calendar plan of physical culture and sports events in Ukraine, etc. At the same time, the activity of exhibition centers is limited. However, such businesses have a significant tax burden on land, while during long quarantine measures, they are deprived of the opportunity to conduct economic activities. Therefore, it is necessary to allow mass events in the premises of exhibition centers in compliance with sanitary norms and for the types of events that are allowed to be held. Therefore, the European Business Association thanks Maksym Stepanov, the Minister of Health, and Viktor Lyashko, the Chief Sanitary Doctor, for taking into account the business comments. At the same time, we ask you to consider the abovementioned proposals and provide clarifications on the problematic issues, so that businesses have a specific understanding of what rules to follow, and there is no abuse by the authorities.   Be the first to learn about the latest EBA news with our Telegram-channel – EBAUkraine.

The adaptive quarantine will be again introduced in Ukraine on February 24. The European Business Association has always supported the Government’s rational steps in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Thus, given the adoption of amendments to the CMU Resolution №1236, the business had a number of proposals related to the work of companies in the “red”, “orange” and “yellow” zones.

On February 18, the resolution was published, and the community could see that most of the proposals from the business, which were communicated to the Government during the January lockdown, are included in this document.

Businesses, which have less than 60% of the premises used for the sale of food, fuel, medicines, and medical devices, veterinary drugs, feed, hygiene products and household chemicals, communications, print media, feed, seeds, plant protection products, are allowed to trade without restricting visitors’ access to other goods presented in the store. In fact, it means that the sale of non-food products is permitted in the retail outlet. After all, if the consumer has already got to the store, he/she should have the possibility to buy everything that is on the shelves, without restrictions.

However, business still has some suggestions to which the European Business Association asks the state officials to pay attention. Thus, the Resolution prohibits the activities of businesses that serve visitors, without wearing personal protective equipment (protective masks or respirators) that cover the nose and mouth. According to the wording of the document, if the business serves the customer without a mask, it faces not a fine but a closure which may be grounds for abuse by regulatory authorities. Therefore, it is necessary to either clarify this wording in the resolution or remove the provisions from the document.

Also, we propose to allow the sale of electrical goods in stores which are intended for cleaning and disinfection of premises or areas as this is of particular importance during the epidemic.

Besides, there are restrictions or prohibitions on all mass (entertainment, sports, social, advertising, and other) events, except for official sports events included in the Unified calendar plan of physical culture and sports events in Ukraine, etc. At the same time, the activity of exhibition centers is limited. However, such businesses have a significant tax burden on land, while during long quarantine measures, they are deprived of the opportunity to conduct economic activities. Therefore, it is necessary to allow mass events in the premises of exhibition centers in compliance with sanitary norms and for the types of events that are allowed to be held.

Therefore, the European Business Association thanks Maksym Stepanov, the Minister of Health, and Viktor Lyashko, the Chief Sanitary Doctor, for taking into account the business comments. At the same time, we ask you to consider the abovementioned proposals and provide clarifications on the problematic issues, so that businesses have a specific understanding of what rules to follow, and there is no abuse by the authorities.

 

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