On Friday, the Georgian government presented a 6-phase plan to reopen the economy of Georgia.
The plan will be activated step-by-step with two-week intervals over the next three months. The officials will be monitoring during and in between the phases to make sure that easing the restrictions wont stimulate the pandemic situation getting out of hand.
The first phase starts on April 27 and from then on it will be allowed to:
Drive private cars. This includes taxis, but not public transportation. While no special permits will be necessary to drive, traveling to and from Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, and Rustavi will still be limited. On April 27 and 28, as an exception, people will be allowed to drive from or to these four cities, “if and when they are returning to their actual places of domicile,” according to the press service.
E-commerce. Internet shopping has been restricted since April 1.
Open-air agricultural markets.
Second phase: May 11 – May 24
Construction works, construction supervision, and manufacturing of construction materials.
Car wash and auto-service facilities.
Computer and home appliance repairs.
Recreation areas reopen.
Third phase: May 25 – June 7
Retail and wholesale stores reopen. This does not include malls.
Publishing facilities reopen. Restrictions lifted on all types of open markets, all types of production activities
Fourth phase: June 8 – June 21
Shopping malls reopen.
Restaurants and on-site food facilities reopen.
Financial services, beauty salons, and aesthetic medicine facilities reopen.
Fifth phase: June 22 – July 5
All types of markets, on-site restaurants/catering facilities reopen.
Sixth phase - July 6 – July 20
Entertainment, sports, recreational, creative, public gathering activities are allowed
Hotels start welcoming guests.
Educational institutions and all other activities start functioning non-remotely.
All businesses regardless of category will have to abide by hygiene standards set by the Ministry of Health, including maintains social distancing measures, wearing a mask in closed commercial and other spaces,
As the facilities reopen their doors, they have to follow the special hygiene standards set by the Ministry of Health in the time of the pandemic, like having everyone entering the building wear masks and maintain social distance.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia outlined on Friday that the reserves the right to go back to the re-implementation of the restrictions if the pandemic situation worsens during any phase.
By Nini Dakhundaridze