Several coronavirus-related restrictions will be lifted in Georgia in February and in March, following a plan approved at today's Interagency Coordination Council meeting.
Georgian Infrastructure Minister and the first Deputy Prime Minister Maia Tskitishvili said that since there are signs of an easing of the epidemiological situation in some regions of Georgia, there is also the possibility of lifting several restrictions.
As of today, there are certain restrictions in eight big cities of Georgia. We are constantly assessing the epidemiological situation and since we already have signs of mitigation in certain regions, we therefore have the opportunity to alleviate the restrictions", said Tskitishvili.
Starting February 1:
Municipal transport, schools, shops and shopping centres will resume in Batumi, Zugdidi, Gori, Poti and Telavi.
Shops and shopping centres will be opened in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Rustavi.
In the Adjara region it will be permitted to receive guests in open spaces and open food facilities, however restrictions on weddings, various social events or parties are still in force.
Starting February 15:
Open and closed markets will be opened in all cities of Georgia.
Starting March 1
Operations of schools, kindergartens and vocational and higher education institutions are planned to be resumed.
Municipal transport is also planned to restore operations.
Wearing face masks, managing customers' flow and distance between them is mandatory and will be strictly monitored.
As a result of consultations with businesses and experts, mandatory testing protocols were established for each economic activity based on epidemiological risks:
From today, businesses will be able to register on a special portal www.labour.moh.gov.ge and test employees for free until March 1, with state funding.
The epidemiological situation will be assessed by February 15 and further reduction of the restrictions will continue if the average 7-day positive rate is reduced to 4%.