YEREVAN — The Armenian government lifted on Friday a state of emergency declared six months ago while keeping in place safety rules designed to prevent coronavirus infections in the country.
The government introduced a nationwide “quarantine” regime which will allow it to continue requiring Armenians to wear face masks in all public areas and enforcing social distancing and hygiene rules for businesses.
The new regime, which will remain in force until January 11, stems from a government bill which was passed by the Armenian parliament last week and signed into law by President Armen Sarkissian on Thursday.
The government also decided to reopen all schools and universities shut down in March. Classes there will resume on September 15.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stressed on Thursday the importance of continued enforcement of the remaining safety rules, warning of the risk of a “second wave” of COVID-19 infections.
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