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Something to ponder over the weekend..............

Azerbaijan Airports to remain closed until 1st July 2020 -
https://www.azal.az/en/offer/549
British Business Group Azerbaijan
British Business Group Azerbaijan
https://cabmin.gov.az/az/article/875/

As expected, Lockdown begins on Saturday morning 00:00 June 6th until Monday morning June 8th. My initial reading of it is that you can only leave your house if you are of an "exempt occupation" approved by the government - a different list than before or if you have to attend a funeral or have a medical emergency - this also says no cars - you cannot drive anywhere without the correct permissions
Shopping for anything seems to be closed. No SMS service. I did not translate the first two paragraphs of the order:
"In this regard, from 00:00 on June 6, 2020 to 06:00 on June 8, 2020 in the cities of Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran and Absheron region in all areas of work, services and trade, as well as public transport and the movement of vehicles will be stopped (except for the movement of special purpose, emergency recovery, ambulances and service vehicles of authorized bodies (institutions) and organizations).
It is prohibited for the population to leave their places of residence or stay in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran and Absheron districts on this date.
102 Emergency Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan You can leave by getting permission through the center.
From 00:00 on June 6, 2020 to 06:00 on June 8, 2020 only the following institutions and services are allowed to operate:
• Activities of state bodies (institutions) and other organizations, the list of which is determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
• activities of hospitals, ambulance facilities;
• activities of social service institutions, including care services for people with mental and emotional disorders, as well as those in need of special care;
• utilities (water supply and sewerage, gas supply, heating, energy distribution, household waste collection and disposal);
• electricity generation and supply;
• reclamation and water management;
• communication services;
• activities of TV and radio broadcasters (television and radio channels, cable television);
• freight transportation by rail, road, sea, air;
• pipeline transportation activities;
• uninterrupted production activity (enterprises whose activity cannot be stopped due to production and technical conditions);
• production, refining, storage and sale of oil and gas;
• Services to ensure the protection and technical safety of suspended work and service areas.
The movement of persons working in the permitted work and service areas and service vehicles will be allowed by the employer after entering information about these persons on the portal "permit.e-gov.az" using an electronic signature. At the same time, the activities of state-owned, life-sustaining enterprises and institutions, as well as uninterrupted institutions, will be regulated by involving a limited number of employees as necessary.
On June 5, 2020, an abbreviated mode of operation was established for government agencies and institutions in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran and Absheron districts until 14:00.
Individuals, legal entities and officials shall bear administrative and criminal liability for violation of the requirements of the special quarantine regime in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
We once again call on our citizens to show solidarity in the fight against the COVID-19 virus, to comply with the requirements and rules of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, to protect the health of themselves and their loved ones.
British Business Group Azerbaijan
British Business Group Azerbaijan
Please find the link to all of the presentations that were made on the Webinar of the 27th May 2020 re the Covid 19 Business Update;

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/10R5tqUC-7mIS9NVG0YlrHIQVl-Zpo4w5?usp=sharing

Included is a pie chart showing the distribution of cases across the regions of Azerbaijan.
British Business Group Azerbaijan
British Business Group Azerbaijan
Borders will remain closed until 15th June, so no flights (except cargo and charter). However - on 1news.az quoting the Cabinet of Ministers, from 00:00 31st May - Malls are reopening, sports are allowed (without spectators) and restaurants and pubs may remain open until 10pm - however no more than 10 people "together" at one time (meaning that no events can be arranged for more than 10 people).
British Business Group Azerbaijan
British Business Group Azerbaijan
Restrictions - not all - but quite a few will be lifted at Midnight on Monday morning the 18th:
Here is a translation of the 1news.az article - the shaded areas are just that - pay no heed to them:

Taking into account the sanitary-epidemiological situation in Azerbaijan in connection with coronavirus infection (COVID-19), the total number of infected among the country's population and the dynamics of patients' recovery, it was decided to soften another part of the restrictions applied under the special quarantine regime.

Based on the current sanitary and epidemiological situation, the number of active patients and the rate of infection, from 00:00 on May 18, 2020 in the cities of Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran and the Absheron region, 1news.az reports citing the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan :

SMS permissions, granting permissions from the icaze.e-gov.az website, official ID or certificate of employment are canceled
restrictions on access to the boulevard, parks and recreation areas are removed, provided that citizens will not gather in groups of more than 10 people
restaurants, cafes, tea houses, as well as all facilities for providing services to clients are restored from 08:00 to 18:00 (except for the use of hookah equipment in public catering facilities).

.It should be noted that services in restaurants, cafes, tea houses, as well as in all places of public catering during a pandemic should be provided in accordance with the relevant sanitary and epidemiological rules and guidelines of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Compliance with these rules is a direct obligation of executives and employees of catering facilities, as well as customers using services. Violation of the rules entails administrative and criminal liability provided by law

The ban on leaving people over 65 years old has also been lifted. It is recommended that people over 65 leave the house if necessary, as they risk becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus. At the same time, one should not be in crowded places; it is recommended to observe social distance and use protective equipment.

At the same time, from 00:00 on May 18, 2020 throughout the country:

• the activity of museums and exhibition halls is being restored;

• The ban on leaving people over 65 years old has been lifted. It is recommended that people over 65 leave home if necessary, as they risk becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus. At the same time, one should not be in crowded places; it is recommended to observe social distance and use protective equipment.

Currently, the following restrictions remain under the special quarantine regime:

• suspension of access to the country by land and air, except for freight;

• with the exception of the movement of special vehicles, ambulances, emergency vehicles, and trucks, the entry and exit to Baku, Sumgait, Absheron district, Ganja and Lankaran, as well as passenger transportation by land and air to other cities and regions of the country, were suspended;
• suspension of the educational process in all educational institutions;
• limitation of the number of employees in state bodies in Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Lankaran and Absheron region;
• suspension of group and individual reception of citizens in government bodies, with the exception of ASAN Xidmət and DOST service centers;
• besides funerals, the prohibition of religious events, as well as the organization and holding of mourning ceremonies in halls, tents and other enclosed spaces;

• ban on wedding events;

• suspension of all social events, including cultural and sports;

• a ban on services for organizing events, including the organization of birthdays, weddings, engagements and similar ceremonies in the client's house or in other places;

• a ban on gathering groups of more than 10 people in public places, including streets, boulevards, parks and other places;
• suspension of activities of entertainment facilities, including children's entertainment facilities (including those located on the boulevard and in parks);

• the closure of cultural facilities, with the exception of museums and exhibition halls, as well as cinemas, theaters, sports halls;

• with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies located inside, the suspension of large shopping centers and Malls;

• a ban on the use of hookahs in public catering establishments;

• suspension of customer service in restaurants, cafes, teahouses, as well as in all catering establishments in Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Lankaran and Absheron region from 18:00 to 08:00;

• a ban on relatives visiting patients at medical facilities;

• relatives visiting patients undergoing treatment in medical institutions;

• to suspend sports, health and rehabilitation services (with the exception of medical services in this area);

• to attend a massage and to provide bath services.

It is recommended that objects whose activities permit after softening quarantine are operated in accordance with the necessary social rules of conduct and sanitary-epidemiological rules and instructions provided by the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Representatives of the Operational Headquarters emphasized that the fight against COVID-19 is a long-term process, and preventive measures against this disease should be part of every person’s daily life.

In this regard, in the current situation with COVID-19, we urge everyone to follow the rules of personal hygiene, as well as medical and preventive rules, to leave home only when there is a serious need, to have minimal contact with strangers in public places, to observe existing preventative measures. In accordance with the current sanitary and epidemiological situation, it is necessary to use protective equipment and maintain social distance.
British Business Group Azerbaijan
British Business Group Azerbaijan
The Metro Reopens tomorrow - the latest but only relaxation of the rules thus far.