Georgian gov't suspends marshrutka service. Pools, gyms, spas close
The Georgian government has made a decision to enact new restrictions starting March 18. In particular, shuttle taxis (marshrutkas) are banned, and swimming pools, gyms and spas are temporarily closed.
“Despite all the effective measures taken by the government to counter the pandemic, we are at a stage where the number of cases will inevitably increase. This is an objective reality that must be recognised. It also means that we need to change our approach to and management of the situation. It’s crucial that we move from the prevention stage, to the stage where we cope with the effects of the disease spreading,” said Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia.
The following restrictions are already in place as part of preventive measures:
1. Starting March 18, entry into Georgia has been closed for foreign citizens for two weeks.
2. All ski resorts are temporarily closed.
3. It is recommended that restaurants, cafes and bars temporarily limit in-person customer service in enclosed spaces, and instead use delivery services.
4.The government administration is creating a mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the new restrictions.
5. People over the age of 70 are advised to avoid crowded places and remain in isolation.
As of March 17, there are 34 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia. There are 1,008 people in quarantine, and 64 under isolated surveillance.