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Photoreport: Quarantine Is Back in Tashkent

The special republican commission for countering the spread of coronavirus in Uzbekistan decided to strengthen quarantine restrictions from July 1.


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The clothing markets and large shopping malls will be closed on weekends, and public transport will not work on these days as well. Citizens are prohibited from going outside at night from 11 PM to 7 AM.

At the same time, those infected with coronavirus were allowed to receive the treatment at home. In addition, persons in contact with infected citizens were allowed to quarantine for 14 days at home or in special hotels. No more than 30 people are allowed at weddings and celebrations in houses and backyards. They should be only close relatives living in the same district.

The ban still applies to the activities of hostels, nightclubs, disco clubs, spa and massage parlors, karaoke, billiard, hookah bars and computer game rooms.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Guard, the Tax Committee and sanitary inspection bodies will monitor the compliance with this ban.

According to special republican commission’s decision, starting from July 1, large markets and shopping malls in all regions of Uzbekistan will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays for sanitary disinfection.

From 7 AM to 11 PM, the people are forbidden to gather in groups of more than three people in public places in the ‘red’ and ‘yellow’ zones. In addition, it will be forbidden to stay outside, including the yards near apartment buildings, from 11 PM to 7 AM.

The time limits for the transport movement were approved:

In the ‘yellow’ zones: from 6 AM to 10 PM

In the ‘red’ zones: from 7 AM to 10 AM and from 5 PM to 10 PM.

In the ‘red’ and ‘yellow’ zones, public transport will not function on Saturdays and Sundays.

Street musicians in the underground passage. Amir Timur Square. Photo: CABAR.asia
Street musicians in the underground passage. Amir Timur Square. Photo: CABAR.asia
Tashkent ‘Broadway’. Boulevard. Photo: CABAR.asia
Tashkent ‘Broadway’. Boulevard. Photo: CABAR.asia
Children on ‘Broadway’ in Tashkent. Photo: CABAR.asia
Children on ‘Broadway’ in Tashkent. Photo: CABAR.asia

Parks are not working yet. However, in some places (squares, boulevards) there are such ‘bouncy castles’ for kids, but carousels and amusements are still closed.

Eco Park on Makhtumkuli Street. Photo: CABAR.asia
Eco Park on Makhtumkuli Street. Photo: CABAR.asia

At the beginning of summer, the Eco Park opened on Makhtumkuli Street. There are also no carousels, but there are playgrounds.

Photo: CABAR.asia
Photo: CABAR.asia

From June 8, buses began to run in Tashkent again, but the metro is not opened so far and there is no permission for the fixed-route taxi. There are restrictions on regular buses on Sundays. At the final stop, disinfection is performed inside the cabin.

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The clothing market at Chorsu Bazaar opened on June 15. However, on June 30, the special commission decided that no markets would work on weekends.

Photo: CABAR.asia
Photo: CABAR.asia

This is the famous row in the Chorsu old town, where numerous national cuisine cafes are located. This place is called the “pit” or “glutton’s row”. Cafes opened on June 15. At the same time, protective measures are mandatory (disinfection corridor, temperature check, mask control).

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Bus stop near the former Main Department Store (now a shopping mall) on Navoi Street, Tashkent.

Photo: CABAR.asia
Photo: CABAR.asia

Cafe in Buyuk Ipak Yuli district [popularly known as TS-1, Ц-1 in Russian – Tr.], on one of the central streets of Tashkent. Mandatory hygiene during quarantine is required. Authorities, allowing restaurants and clothing markets to work, set a condition: if someone gets infected with coronavirus, the organisation should pay the bills for the treatment. This decree flared the wide dispute in the media and in social networks.

Bus stop on one of the central streets of Tashkent, Makhtumkuli Street. Photo: CABAR.asia
Bus stop on one of the central streets of Tashkent, Makhtumkuli Street. Photo: CABAR.asia
Hazrati Imam Square in Tashkent. Photo: CABAR.asia
Hazrati Imam Square in Tashkent. Photo: CABAR.asia

Currently, quarantine is extended until August 1, 2020, but people do not believe that restrictions will be lifted soon. It is still necessary to wear masks; the violators will be fined.


 This article was prepared as part of the Giving Voice, Driving Change – from the Borderland to the Steppes Project. The opinions expressed in the article do not reflect the position of the editorial board or donor.

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