Zelensky signs law on coronavirus

Zelensky signs law on coronavirus

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has signed the Law “On amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine aimed at preventing the occurrence and spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)”.

The relevant information has been published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada.

According to the page of a respective bill, No.3219, the document was returned with the president's signature on March 18, 2020.

The Verkhovna Rada during an extraordinary meeting on March 17 adopted the Law “On amending certain legislative acts of Ukraine aimed at preventing the onset and spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)”.

The law determines the creation of a legal basis for the prompt implementation by the state of a set of urgent measures to prevent and treat coronavirus disease.

The law establishes administrative liability for unauthorized leaving of observation locations – a fine of 1,000 to 2,000 non-taxable minimum incomes, as well as 2,000 to 10,000 ones for government officials; the law also provides for restriction of liberty up to 3 years or prison time up to 3 years for violating the rules set to prevent the epidemic and other infectious diseases, if such actions entailed, or could entail, the spread of these diseases. Such actions also entail a fine amounting from 1,000 to 3,000 non-taxable minimum incomes, if same actions inflicted death or other grave consequences they are punishable by imprisonment from 5 to 8 years.

As Ukrinform reported, the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic.

Starting from March 12, a quarantine has been introduced in Ukraine for three weeks, as well a package of anti-epidemic measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

On March 14, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a resolution to temporarily ban foreigners from entering Ukraine and close international passenger traffic from 00:00 on March 16 until April 3, 2020.

On March 16, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to restrict passenger traffic in the territory of Ukraine in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. The resolution imposes a ban on rail, air as well as bus intercity and interregional passenger transport services, as well as the operation of subways.


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