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Groups call for less lockdown restrictions
Journal Staff Report

KYIV, Jan 5 The European Business Association has joined the American Chambers of Commerce in Ukraine in urging the government to ease restrictions during upcoming three-week coronavirus lockdown in January.

The development shows the two most powerful business lobby groups in the country joining forces in seeking to ease the restrictions that will be in effect between January 8 and January 24.

Taking into account a number of proposals of business representatives, some provisions of government resolution require revision, the EBA said in a statement.

The government has earlier announced plans to ban sale of a significant part of everyday goods, even in supermarkets, during the lockdown. The ACC urged the government on Dec. 31 to ease the restrictions by allowing outlets to continue selling household chemicals and tools, clothing, newspapers, light bulbs, batteries, and children's school stationary.

The EBA suggested allowing the maintenance and repair services not only of vehicles, but also the repair of technically complex household goods, household products, and personal items.

The importance of this clarification is even greater in the context of restrictions on the sale of household appliances in the retail stores, the EBA said.

In addition, the businesses insisted on the need to allow the sale, rent or lease of vehicles, not to restrict the procurement of secondary raw materials, which is necessary to ensure continuous production, as well as to continue the work of reception points of secondary raw materials.

Instead of sweeping restrictions, the EBA said the government should issue a ban on businesses to serve customers without wearing protective masks, and consider the possibility of taking into account proposals to support the activities of large exhibition centers.

"Such businesses have a significant tax burden on land tax, while in the period of long-term quarantine measures 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 of no more than one person per 15 square meters of building area," the association said in the press release.

Along with this, business representatives also appeal to the government with a request to allow the operation of hotels, hostels with which long-term accommodation agreements have been concluded on the provision of accommodation services for employees who ensure the livelihood of the population and the functioning of activities that are allowed during the quarantine. (tl/ez)

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