YEREVAN, May 2. /ARKA/. On May 4 the government of Armenia will lift a number of restrictions it had imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Deputy Minister of Economy Varos Simonyan told a news conference today.
Simonyan said the restrictions on the free movement of citizens will be eliminated, however, the ban on public transport will remain in force, as it is one of the most risky areas for the spread of coronavirus. He said the ban on public transport will be lifted along with introduction of stringent guidelines about how to make use of it.
He said this measure is expected to ensure as safe as possible transportation of citizens amid the ongoing pandemic. The ban on traveling among Armenian provinces, including the capital Yerevan, will remain in force.
Simonyan noted that no restrictions will be applied to virtually all retail and wholesale trade. According to him, the restrictions on all types of activities in the processing industry will be completely lifted, including production of textiles, furniture, shoes, printing, etc.
Only restaurants, cafes and bars that will be able to organize their work in open areas will be allowed to reopen. Will reopen also washing, cleaning and dry cleaning services, hairdressers and beauty salons.
Simonyan emphasized that special rules and instructions will be applied to all the types of economic activity that will reopen on May 4.
“The rules will be strictly monitored by all inspection bodies and responsible government agencies. I ask and urge all entrepreneurs to follow these rules. Instructions and rules will be published on the government page, as well as on covid19.gov.am. Our hotlines will also operate and in case of questions, everyone can contact them,” he said.
A 30-day state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus was declared in Armenia on March 16. The government imposed also restrictions on free movement of citizens and banned certain types of economic activity. On April 13, the government extended the state of emergency for another month, but allowed some businesses to reopen.
In the last 24 hours Armenia’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 2,148; some 977 patients have recovered and 33 have died. ($1 – 479.28 dram) .