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Georgia ends state of emergency, curfew

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Georgia on Saturday formally terminated its 63-day state of emergency, in a bid to rejuvenate the country’s economy.

The state of emergency came to an end at 00:00 on May 23 (2000 GMT, May 22) with the lifting of most coronavirus-related restrictions, including the curfew, according to the Georgian government.

On Friday, ruling party legislators passed a bill temporary bill allowing the government to impose restrictions without the declaration of a state of emergency, which expires on July 15.

Some restrictions remain in place, including the use of face masks in closed public places, social distancing measures, and a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Cafes, bars and restaurants will still offer take-away services, while clothing and shoes may only be sold online.

Shopping malls remain closed, though food markets have resumed business in some regions.

Meanwhile, the restriction banning more than three people traveling in a vehicle will be maintained for taxis, while public and municipal transport remains out of service.

Although lockdown measures have been lifted in the majority of the country, some places still remain in quarantine, including Tetritskaro Municipality and two villages in the south-eastern municipality of Bolnisi.

Georgia’s state of emergency was announced on March 21, in an effort to counter the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia reached 728 on Saturday, with 509 recoveries and 12 deaths in total, according to government data.

(XINHUA)

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