The Georgian government has presented a plan to gradually open the economy step-by-step over the next three months.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has outlined six phases today designed to slowly get businesses up and running again, while also monitoring the coronavirus pandemic situation in the country.
Gakharia said that restrictions on economic activity will begin being lifted starting April 27 and if the coronavirus situation does not worsen in the country in three months Georgian the economy will be fully reopened.
Restrictions will be lifted in two-week intervals. There will be six stages of reopening the economy and moving to the next stage will go through only after an analysis of the epidemiological situation in the country.
During the first phase that starts on April 27 the following activities will be allowed:
- Driving private cars, including taxis
- Delivery services
- Open air markets
Second phase - starting May 10
- Construction supervision
- Manufacture of building materials
- Car wash and auto-service facilities
- Computer and home appliance repairs
- Functioning of recreation areas
Third phase - starting May 24
- Retail and wholesale stores will be opened, apart from malls
- Restrictions will be lifted on all types of open markets, all types of production and publishing activities
Fourth phase - starting June 7:
- Shopping malls
- Restaurants and on-site food facilities
- All types of financial services, beauty salons and aesthetic medicine facilities
Fifth phase - starting June 21:
- Opening of closed markets, all types of on-site restaurants/catering facilities.
Sixth phase - starting July 5:
- Entertainment, sports, recreational, creative activities
- Educational institutions and all other activities
All businesses regardless of category will have to abide by hygiene standards set by the Ministry of Health, including maintains social distancing measures, wearing a mask in closed commercial and other spaces,
Gakharia said that if the pandemic situation worsens the restrictions may be reimplemented.
Click to see Government's anti-crisis economy plan in details.