Restaurants, cafes in Kyiv to work until 11pm
Kyiv's catering establishments will be allowed to extend their working hours by one hour, until 11:00pm, Vitali Klitschko, the city’s mayor, announced on Wednesday.
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The decision was taken by the Kyiv city defence council, which includes both civil servants and military and has been in operation since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It will come into force on 1 September.
The national restaurant association of Ukraine had asked the Kyiv authorities to extend their working hours, given the security situation and economic considerations.
The decision to restrict the operation of establishments until 10:00pm had been made when the curfew in Kyiv had been set to start at 11:00pm, which now starts at midnight.
The entrepreneurs had explained that extending the opening hours of establishments would help improve the economic situation in Kyiv, create additional jobs, and increase revenues from taxes, fees, and payments to budgets.
The curfew has been imposed all over Ukraine since last February for security considerations, although local authorities in consultations with the military may change its duration.