Policy responses for Uzbekistan - HSRM


Policy responses for Uzbekistan

1.2 Physical distancing

29-Apr-20: 4,000 companies in the Tashkent region have been checked; almost 5,400 would be permitted to gradually return to normality. That number may grow soon upon additional consideration. Similar easing of economic activity is taking place in regions across the country.

30-Apr-20: Parents will be able to take their children for walks, but only to locations near their homes.

30-Apr-20: Motorists will be allowed to use their vehicles between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m for the purposes of going to work, buying medicine and shopping for essentials.

Authorities have confirmed that drivers in vehicles by themselves are not required to wear masks, Podrobno reported on June 15. (https://eurasianet.org/dashboard-coronavirus-in-eurasia)

Samarkand's historical mosques and shrines reopened on June 11, Podrobno reported on June 10. (https://eurasianet.org/dashboard-coronavirus-in-eurasia)

The government announced on June 4 that it would allow more stores, restaurants and kindergartens to reopen on June 15. A ban on nightclubs, city buses and the Tashkent metro, concerts and group prayers will remain (https://eurasianet.org/dashboard-coronavirus-in-eurasia).

On 8 July 2020 the government announced a three-week lockdown coming into effect on 10 July 2020 in response to the surge in cases that arrived after the last lockdown restrictions were lifted in early June 2020. The movement of vehicles is to be limited, travel between regions is to be forbidden for all but essential purposes and mass gatherings are mostly banned. Weddings are not permitted at all, while funerals may be attended by a maximum of 15 people (https://eurasianet.org/dashboard-coronavirus-in-eurasia).

23-Mar-20: Citizens must wear protective equipment (masks) when in public within Tashkent and regional centres. From 25-Mar-20, fines will be issued in case of non-compliance.

06-Apr-20: It is forbidden for groups of more than 3 people to gather on the streets and a social distance of 2 metres is required.

17-Apr-20: It is required to maintain a social distance of 2 metres when in shops and other public places.

School measures

15-Mar-20: The Government closed schools, colleges and universities, initially for three weeks.

22-Apr-20: The current school year will end in schools of Uzbekistan remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the official Telegram channel of the Ministry of Justice. The completion of the 2019/2020 school year will take place as part of the ongoing television Project Online-maktab ("Online School").

Offices, businesses, institutions and operations

23-Mar-20: All governmental and nongovernmental organizations in Uzbekistan switch to remote modes of work.

24-Mar-20: Only grocery stores, hospitals, clinics and pharmacies will remain open to the public. Everything else is temporarily suspended.

24-Mar-20: Non-food markets temporarily suspended in Tashkent.

Protecting vulnerable populations

06-Apr-20: Citizens over 65 years of age and citizens with chronic diseases are strictly prohibited from leaving their home except in emergencies.

22-Apr-20: During quarantine activities, single older people needing care and people with disabilities will be provided with staple foods and hygiene products, at the expense of local budgets.

Cancelling, restricting or adapting mass gatherings ▪

21-Mar-20: Cancellation of all large public events/gatherings.

17-Apr-20: Forbidden for groups larger than 3 persons to gather in public places.

Apr-20: Public Ramadan celebrations banned by fatwa.

Stay at home order

27-Mar-20: Movement of people and personal vehicles restricted to grocery shopping and pharmacy visits only.

06-Apr-20: Forbidden to go outside in the cities of Tashkent, Nukus and regional centres, unless absolutely necessary. The only exceptions are buying groceries or medicine, a doctor's visit, or commuting to work. Citizens with fever will not be allowed in large food markets and supermarkets.

17-Apr-20: A person is strictly restricted from leaving the points of sale in his / her place of residence for basic necessities (purchase of food, medicine, medical supplies and equipment, etc.) and for purposes other than medical examination, with and without arrival and departure to work except as otherwise provided.