The recent norms on restrictions of citizens over the age of 60 stipulated for by Resolution No. 211 have caused a stir among the public. Therefore, we answer in detail the questions that most concern people of this age group.
Are people aged 60 and above allowed to get outside?
People over 60 should now stay at home. They should also refrain from social contacts other than with those with whom they reside.
Elderly people are at high risk, so they need self-quarantine in the designated place. According to WHO statistics, 95% of coronavirus victims in Europe were over 60.
If I am a lonely elderly person who is unable to buy food and medicine. What should I do?
People who are on self-isolation (except for COVID-19 patients) and who are not cared for are allowed to visit shops, pharmacies and other places located no farther than 2 kilometers from the place of self-quarantine. They must also adhere to the regime of wearing a face mask and carry an ID card.
In addition, you have the opportunity to contact the Office (department) of social protection at the place of residence. The Government has commissioned regional state administrations to take additional measures to identify and serve single persons who are on self-isolation and to provide relevant social support. This applies in particular to the purchase and delivery of food and medicine by social workers.
Who and how will control whether the elderly stay outside?
The decision to get outside is taken by each particular person, provided he/she follows the recommendations, but do so as rarely as possible and plan purchases for as long as possible. While having identification documents will allow to check whether she should be on self-isolation or under observation, as well as whether the person violated the permitted distance of 2 km from the designated place of self-isolation. The compliance with these rules is monitored by the structural units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
I'm a pensioner. How can I pay for utilities?
One can pay for housing and communal services without leaving home - through existing online services.
Besides, the Government will adopt a decision within the next few days on the possibility of paying for housing and communal services through authorized banks and Ukrposhta. Citizens receiving pensions and cash benefits through banking institutions will be able to pay for consumed housing and communal services as well. To do this, they have to register in the distant service system or call the bank's hotline and provide information about the list of utility companies to which they want to pay distantly, and the necessary data to pay for services from their personal accounts.
Beneficiaries receiving pensions and other monetary assistance will also have a chance to pay for housing and communal services directly through postmen, upon receipt of a pension and cash assistance, or by ordering the appropriate service, including by telephone.
If I am over 60 and I have symptoms of coronavirus. What should I do?
If you have a family doctor - call him (you can find the phone number in the declaration, on the hospital website, or call your hospital office and ask there).
You should neither visit your physician nor wait in a queue. If you have fever, shortness of breath, cough, other symptoms, and you cannot call your family doctor, or you have not signed a declaration, call the emergency hotline (103) or call 1545 hotline and leave your contact information.
They will also advise you which doctor from the nearest hospital you can call.
If I am over 60 years old, but I am a working retiree. Can I go to work?
All persons who are 60 years of age or above should stay at home. Exceptions can be made if you work in critical infrastructure facilities and engage in measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and cannot work remotely. Then you must strictly adhere to the recommendations on the wearing face mask, the social distance of 1.5 meters, the presence of ID and document from the place of work. In all other cases, your employer must transfer you to remote work at a location of your choice, or provide a leave during the quarantine period.
What critical infrastructure covers?
Critical infrastructure assets may include enterprises, institutions and organizations, regardless of ownership, which:
1) operate and provide services in the energy, chemical industry, transport, information and communication technologies, electronic communications, banking and financial sectors;
2) provide services in the areas of life support for the population, in particular, in the fields of centralized water supply, electricity and gas supply, food production, agriculture, health care;
3) operate as communal, emergency and rescue services, emergency services to the population;
4) included in the list of enterprises of strategic importance for the economy and security of the state;
5) potentially hazardous production facilities and industries.
That is all structures of state, communal or private property which are essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Ukrainian citizens and the effective functioning of the country.
How can I be protected from being fired if I am over 60?
UPDATE According to the law, during the quarantine period, it is prohibited to fire employees. An employee can claim leave - paid or without wages, or to choose a distant work. If you were sent on unpaid vacation, the state is planning to pay you part of the wage during the quarantine.
If I am over 60, can I drive my car to a cottage or other place of self-quarantine?
It is recommended that you select one place for self-quarantine and do not change it until April 24. However, if you decide to go to the cottage only once by a private car because you have chosen it as a place of quarantine, you can do it.
Follow the recommendations and be healthy!