Georgia Unveils Plan to Reopen Tbilisi, Other Quarantined Cities

On May 7, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced at a session of the Interagency Coordination Council that considering the current epidemiological situation in the country, the government decided to reopen the city of Tbilisi from May 11 and to lift all restrictions imposed on the movement.

The Georgian capital has been closed since April 15, few days ahead of widely celebrated Easter holiday.

PM Gakharia also said that the restrictions on entering and exiting Rustavi and Gardabani will be lifted from May 14.

In the meantime, Marneuli that has been under lockdown since March 23 after the internal transmission of coronavirus in the municipality, will reopen from May 18. PM Gakharia said that considering the epidemiological situation in the town, additional testing should be carried out Marneuli, which will take “additional time.”

The Prime Minister noted that production activities, as well as wholesale and retail trade will also be resumed from May 11.

The nationwide curfew will remain effective through May 22, the last day of state of emergency, however, noted Georgian PM.

In addition, Gakharia stated that from June 15, “Georgia will be opened for local tourism services and from July 1, the country will be ready to accept foreign tourists.”

The Georgian PM reiterated his plea to citizens to demonstrate civic responsibility and fulfill all recommendations issued by the health authorities, including social distancing and wearing face masks in closed public areas.

Georgian government announced the restrictions on entering and leaving the four largest cities of Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi and Rustavi effective for 10 days from April 15.

The restrictions were then extended until further notice as the country prolonged state of emergency on April 21. However, restrictions imposed on Batumi and Kutaisi were lifted on May 5.

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