Policy responses for Kyrgyzstan - HSRM


Policy responses for Kyrgyzstan

1.2 Physical distancing

The information materials include recommendations to keep a physical distance of 1 metre, and to avoid hand-shaking and any other physical contacts.

The first cases of COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan were reported on 18 March 2020.  As of 15 December 2020, Kyrgyzstan had registered 77,910 cases and 1,316 deaths (CFR 1.68%).

Stricter measures were put in force on 22 March 2020 when the Government declared a State of Emergency. The government started to implement the plan, which includes the entire list and procedure for the actions of all state bodies involved in the introduction of the emergency regime. The plan reflects information on the deployment of roadblocks in the capital and in the regions, defines the routes for the delivery of essential goods and medicines, the procedure for domestic flights, public transport, grocery stores and pharmacies. The quarantine regime restricts mass gatherings in public places, running non-essential businesses, closure of premises and a shift to working from home. Educational institutions have been closed due to the coronavirus since 16 March 2020. 

On 24 March 2020 the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, signed the decrees on the introduction of a state of emergency in the territory of Bishkek, Osh city, the Nookat and Kara-Suu districts of the Osh region, and in the Jalal-Abad city and Suzak district of the Jalal-Abad region, introducing mandatory restriction of movement in these localities.
From 1 May 2020 the Government started to gradually de-escalate the quarantine and curfew measures in the country.

On 1 July 2020 Bishkek City Hall announced limits to the work of public transport, cafes and restaurants. Public transport will work from 7.00 to 10.00 and from 17.00 to 21.00 on weekdays. Public transport will not work on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, the City Hall limited the work of cafes, restaurants, and catering outlets. They are allowed to work only from 8.00 to 20.00. Supermarkets and shopping centers can operate from 7.00 to 19.00. All markets in the city will work daily from 6.00 to 17.00.

From 11 May the state of emergency has been lifted in the country. However, the emergency situation regime, which was introduced before the state of emergency, will continue to operate throughout the republic (see section 3.1 on Isolation and quarantine).

By 3 September 2020, working hours of public transport, cafes and shopping centres were extended in Bishkek, but the entertainment establishments (nightclubs, bars, karaoke clubs and others) are still prohibited.