Policy responses for Republic of Moldova - HSRM

Republic of Moldova


Policy responses for Republic of Moldova

1.2 Physical distancing

1.2 Physical distancing

Schools are scheduled to reopen on 1 September 2020 and universities may reopen 15 September with appropriate sanitary measures in place. Private early education institutions (preschool/kindergartens) were allowed to resume from 17 August under compliance with sanitary conditions.

Swimming pools were allowed to reopen from 10 August at 50% capacity and with strict sanitary regime and comprehensive temperature monitoring for people using facilities. 

Group tourism up to a maximum 10 people, mass gatherings up to a maximum of 50 people, and training for sportsmen, are allowable again from 1 August.

From 8 June, gyms and fitness centres, hotels, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to open following specific public health measures (physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, etc.). Religious meetings can resume from 5 June. From 1 June, open-air markets in Chisinau and Balti, libraries and museums. However, the organization of mass cultural events remains prohibited.

From 4 May, quarantine measures were softened for some categories of workers in state budgetary essential institutions. Small shops for all kinds of goods/products were re-opened, with exception of shopping malls and open-markets in Balti and Chisinau. Visits to parks by groups of a maximum of 3 people were also allowed.

An overall ban on public events and gatherings of more than 50 people started on 10 March. Educational institutions have also been closed since 10 March and regular studies have been substituted by distance learning; the holidays were extended from 19 March to the 31 March. Educational institutions will not reopen before the beginning of the next academic year. Recreational facilities (gyms, sports centres, swimming pools, fitness rooms, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, museums, shopping centres, restaurants and bars) have been closed since 13 March. Stores other than grocery and pharmacies were closed from 16 March. Employers were advised to review their working hours and implement working from home. 

Since 27 March until 31 August, new distance requirements allowed up to three people to be together in public spaces like parks and playgrounds and only two people to travel together in cars. These restrictions do not apply to families living and moving around together or to people performing public duties.
From 24 March, Government employees as well as employees of state enterprises have been required to work from 7.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. to ease traffic in the morning and allow officials to use public transportation at a time when it is not used by the majority of the population. From 7-17 April 2020 was declared a holiday for all units in the public sector and public institutions/local authorities, (with the exception of healthcare institutions, public health and logistical services for public health institutions, rescue, emergency and social assistance services; and administrative authorities in the field of national defense, public order and national security, and educational institutions at all levels were to continue working, albeit remotely / online. From 21-24 April 2020 were declared a holiday for for all units in the budgetary sector and public institutions/authorities in self-management, (with the exception of medical-sanitary, public health and ancillary services for public health institutions, rescue, emergency and social assistance services; and administrative authorities in the field of national defense, public order and national security; and educational institutions). 27 April 2020 is declared a working day, and 8 June 2020 is declared a day off. As of 2 June, on working days public transport has a specially adapted schedule and will be suspended at weekends until the end of June 2020.

Since 27 March until 31 August, new distance requirements allowed up to three people to be together in public spaces like parks and playgrounds and only two people to travel together in cars. These restrictions do not apply to families living and moving around together or to people performing public duties.

From 24 March, Government employees as well as employees of state enterprises have been required to work from 7.30 a.m. until 4 p.m. to ease traffic in the morning and allow officials to use public transportation at a time when it is not used by the majority of the population. From 7-17 April 2020 was declared a holiday for all units in the public sector and public institutions/local authorities, (with the exception of healthcare institutions, public health and logistical services for public health institutions, rescue, emergency and social assistance services; and administrative authorities in the field of national defense, public order and national security, and educational institutions at all levels were to continue working, albeit remotely / online. From 21-24 April 2020 were declared a holiday for for all units in the budgetary sector and public institutions/authorities in self-management, (with the exception of medical-sanitary, public health and ancillary services for public health institutions, rescue, emergency and social assistance services; and administrative authorities in the field of national defense, public order and national security; and educational institutions). 27 April 2020 is declared a working day, and 8 June 2020 is declared a day off. As of 2 June, on working days public transport has a specially adapted schedule and will be suspended at weekends until the end of June 2020.

On 19 March, the courts suspended the consideration of almost all criminal and administrative cases. The exception is requests for searches and arrests, as well as cases of violation of the state of emergency. Prisons banned visits for prisoners.