On 24 September, the Decree of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic No. 297 came into force, which amended the Decree No. 57 of 14 March 2020 “On the introduction of a high alert regime.”
In accordance with the document, on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic it is prohibited to conduct leisure, entertainment, cultural, physical culture, sports, exhibition, educational, advertising, public and other similar events with the full-time presence of citizens.
The ban does not apply to visiting cinemas, theaters, museums, libraries, concert organizations, cultural centers, club institutions, restaurants, cafes, canteens, buffets, bars, snack bars and other catering establishments, provided that the seats are filled no more than 50 percent of the total capacity.
Citizens are obliged to maintain a distance from other citizens of at least one meter (social distancing) in public places, as well as a mask regime in buildings, structures (premises in them) in which state bodies, local administrations, enterprises, institutions, organizations of all forms of ownership, individual entrepreneurs and their objects are located, as well as in public transport vehicles and in the markets are located.
The Decree also provides for the requirement to refuse the sale of goods, the provision of services, the exercise of work to citizens without personal protective equipment (masks) in buildings, structures (premises in them) in which state bodies, local administrations, enterprises, institutions, organizations of all forms of ownership, natural persons-entrepreneurs and their objects are located, as well as in public transport vehicles and markets.
Personal reception of citizens in state bodies, enterprises, institutions, organizations of all forms of ownership, as well as on-site receptions of citizens by representatives of state bodies, local administrations, and deputies of the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic is prohibited.
Non-compliance with the requirements, violation of the prohibitions and restrictions established by this Decree entails disciplinary, administrative or criminal liability provided for by the legislation of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
In particular, Article 275 of the DPR Criminal Code (violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules) provides for the maximum punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of 5 to 7 years.
Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic identify individuals who violate the regime of self-isolation, control the ban on holding mass events with the full-time presence of citizens, and also suppress violations of social distancing and masking.
Throughout the entire duration of the high alert regime, law enforcement officers carry out checks and identify violators of the legislation regulating the sanitary and epidemic well-being of citizens.
In the context of the rapidly spreading coronavirus infection, police officers have tightened control. Since the entry into force of the Decree of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic No. 297 of 24 September 2021, the guards have carried out 142 inspections of compliance with quarantine measures by citizens in self-isolation, as well as more than 450 inspections of trade objects, enterprises, institutions and organizations.
According to the results of the raids, the police drew up 82 administrative protocols on the facts of non-compliance with the rules of conduct, anti-epidemic measures and requirements aimed at countering the spread of the new coronavirus infection.
Law enforcers call on citizens to treat the existing restrictions with understanding and comply with the sanitary and epidemic standards provided for by law. Remember that your life and health may depend on safety precautions, as well as the well-being of your loved ones!