Prime Minister Denys Tezdzhanenko signed a Government Order declaring all the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines null and void, save for citizens residing in high-risk countries.
The Federal Government released its first set of COVID-19 regulations on 1 May 2020, which mirrored those implemented by the Netherlands at the time. On 15 December, in light of the spike of new cases in Lostisland, an unprecedented Government Order banning all reunions of citizens until further notice was released. Since the release of the order, however, the majority of citizens who had used to frequent the meetings of citizens have either contracted the coronavirus and recovered, or got vaccinated, or both.
Signed today, the new order lifts all the regulations, including the ban on reunions, except for citizens in very high-risk countries, which at the time of publishing the Order are the following:
- British Virgin Islands
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- French Guiana
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
The list will be subject to weekly review by the Prime Minister’s Office. Notwithstanding the easing of restrictive measures, Lostislandic citizens are still expected to comply with the health guidelines of their countries of residence.
As of today, 8 Lostislandic citizens had tested positive for COVID-19, including high-ranked officials such as Ambassador to the US Robert Meyer, Deputy Prime Minister Maria Ostroukhova, National Security Advisor Theodor Saradjev, Ambassador to Israel and Chief Rabbi Mordechai Linhart, and Ambassador to India Abhishek Thakkar, all of whom recovered successfully without major complications. President Yaroslav Mar, while not officially tested for the virus, tested positive for IgG antibodies in May, suggesting he may have been asymptomatic or experienced mild symptoms.
Despite the lifting of restrictions, it is unclear when the next reunion of citizens will take place as no announcements have been made yet.