Quarantine regime relaxes in Azerbaijan: SMS permissions are canceled, visits to beaches are allowed.
As a result of tightened measures to prevent the spread of a new type of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), applied since June 21, 2020, the sanitary and epidemiological situation has stabilized.
As 1news.az was told in the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as a result of preventive measures and citizens' compliance with existing rules, it was possible to achieve a decrease in the number of infections with the virus. In accordance with the current sanitary and epidemiological situation, it was decided to apply some mitigations in cities and districts where a stricter quarantine regime was introduced.
From 06:00 on August 5, 2020, in the cities and districts included in the special quarantine zone, the system of leaving the house by means of SMS permits, service certificates, and the icaze.e-gov.az portal will be canceled.
Since Wednesday, August 5, visits to beaches throughout the country are allowed within the framework of the rules established by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Baku Executive Power in accordance with the requirements of the quarantine regime.
The severe quarantine regime remains in force until 00:00 on August 31 in the following cities and regions:
Baku, Jalilabad, Ganja, Masalli, Mingachevir, Sumgayit, Yevlakh, as well as Absheron, Barda, Goranboy, Goygol, Khachmaz and Salyan regions of Azerbaijan.
The following restrictions remain in effect in these cities and regions:
A ban on public transport from 8 to 10, from 15 to 17, from 22 to 24 and from 29 to 31 August.
The ban on the activities of large shopping centers, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies (located in them), remains in force;
- customer service directly in public catering facilities;
- the work of museums and exhibition halls;
- educational and educational process in all educational institutions (with the exception of exams, competitions, interviews and receiving applications from citizens related to the issuance of various certificates and documents);
- holding all public events, including cultural and sports (including sports competitions and outdoor games);
At the same time, all permits and bans on the work of various fields of activity, introduced by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of June 19, 2020, remain in force.
As part of the quarantine regime until 00:00 on August 31, 2020, the following restrictions remain:
- entry and exit to the territory of the country by land and air; (excluding private and charter flights)
- entry and exit to cities and areas in which a strict special quarantine regime is applied, with the exception of the movement of special-purpose vehicles, including ambulances, emergency rescue, rescue and cargo vehicles, as well as ground and air transport of passengers from other cities and regions of the country (except for the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic)
- a ban on group and individual reception of citizens on the ground in government agencies, except for the ASAN and DOST service centers;
- banning services for organizing events, including the organization of birthdays, weddings, engagements and similar ceremonies at the client's home or other places in this area;
- suspension of work of large shopping centers and children's and other entertainment centers, cinemas, and catering facilities in malls;
- suspension of activities of entertainment establishments, as well as children's entertainment establishments (including on the territory of boulevards and parks);
- suspension of sports, health and rehabilitation services (with the exception of medical services in this area);
- suspension of work of cultural objects, as well as cinemas, theaters, gyms;
- prohibition of religious ceremonies, with the exception of funerals, as well as the organization and conduct of funeral ceremonies in ceremonial halls, tents and other closed premises;
- ban on organizing weddings;
- the activities of the educational process in all educational institutions (except for receiving applications from citizens related to exams, competitions, interviews and the issuance of various certificates and documents);
- a ban on uniting people in groups of more than 5 people in public places, including streets, boulevards, parks and other places;
- suspension of all public events, including cultural and sports events;
- a ban on the use of hookah equipment at catering establishments;
- a ban on visits by relatives of patients to medical institutions;
- suspension of massage and sauna services.
The operational headquarters calls on all citizens to comply with established medical and preventive rules in order to reduce the number of infected people and protect themselves and their loved ones from infection. Therefore, it is important to remember to observe social distance, in public places it is imperative to wear a protective mask and not to gather in groups of more than 5 people.
The special quarantine regime is being extended in Azerbaijan and its coverage is being expanded to prevent the further spread of coronavirus and minimize the possible consequences, the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers said
This is our line up for Wednesday 24th June 2020 beginning at 3pm:
Dr. Firangiz Aliyeva; Head of Medical Services Department, TABIB; Azerbaijan’s COVID-19 Response and situation update;
Dr. Tural Gulu; Head of International Cooperation Division, State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance; International Cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic;
Mr. Ramin Aghayev – Head of International Relations and Protocols Division, TABIB; Management of foreign nationals in COVID-19 hospitals and quarantine centers.
Hande Harmanci - Head of Office WHO
HMA James Sharp
Elchin Gadimov CEO Rabitabank
Richard Rippon-Swaine - COO Nobel Oil
Florian Sengstschmid - CEO Azerbaijan Tourism Board
The tough quarantine regime will be introduced in Azerbaijan’s Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja cities, Lankaran, Yevlakh, Masalli, Jalilabad and Absheron districts from 00:00 (GMT+4) June 21 through 06:00 (GMT+4) July 5 in accordance with the decision of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.