Like many other countries in the world, Ukraine has been hit by a COVID-19 outbreak. The first COVID-19 case in Ukraine was confirmed on 3 March 2020. As of 9 April 2020, the total amount of COVID-19 cases is 1892.

Ukraine has taken a number of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On 11 March 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (CMU) introduced a quarantine and restrictions on operations of businesses until 3 April 2020. On 25 March 2020, the CMU extended the quarantine until 24 April 2020, with further restrictions on the operation of businesses that entail customers' visits, restrictions on movement of individuals, mandatory isolation/observation/hospitalization of individuals, etc. (for more details regarding these restrictions, please refer to this legal alert).

For violation of the quarantine rules, an administrative fine of up to UAH 34,000 (or USD 1,249) is possible for citizens, and a fine of up to UAH 170,000 (or USD 6,245) is possible for corporate officers.

For violation of sanitation rules and norms on the prevention of infectious diseases, criminal liability in the form of a fine of up to UAH 51,000 (or USD 1,874), up to six months arrest, restriction or imprisonment for up to three years are possible. Actions that cause death or other grave consequences are punishable by imprisonment for up to eight years.

In addition, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ukraine has taken a number of measures to simplify market access to certain pharmaceuticals, medical devices and protective gear; ease the tax burden on companies importing and selling same; simplify public procurement of same and other measures. An overview of key adopted measures is set forth below.

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