Combating the Coronavirus

Combating the Coronavirus

As the Coronavirus outbreak spreads, AmCham Ukraine will continue operations, but we have shifted to working remotely. We have received requests, feedback, and recommendations from member companies and will not be hosting events at our office from March, 12 until further notice.

The ACC team continues to operate, and we are available on the phone, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, and email to handle all your requests and issues. We will still be attending some important meetings and will monitor the situation regularly.

Our prime concern is the health and wellbeing of our members, our staff, and your family members. We are monitoring the situation regularly, and we are in contact with key stakeholders and AmChams across Europe.

American Chamber of Commerce jointly with member company Deloitte run and presented the results of a Ukraine Covid-19 Business Impact Survey.

The second Ukraine COVID-19 Business Impact Survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine and member company Deloitte showed that business ready to offer aid during coronavirus pandemic in Ukraine.

We are sharing the latest information updated regularly from the US Embassy in Ukraine and CDC (Center for Disease Control)

COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information:

According to the latest information, Ukraine has a total of 942 confirmed cases, including 19 recoveries and 23 deaths.

The Ukrainian government has extended the quarantine regime already established in certain regions to all of Ukraine through April 24.  At checkpoints, medical staff monitor temperature and provide information on COVID-19.

Schools throughout Ukraine are closed through April 24.

The government has banned gatherings larger than 10 people, including cultural, entertainment, sports, social, religious, advertising, and sporting events. Use of playgrounds and sports grounds in Kyiv is prohibited.

All non-essential city services are closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations. In Kyiv, grocery stores and pharmacies are limited to one customer per 10 square meters and they may require patrons to wear masks. Grocery stores are currently well-supplied, but you should expect lines and delays.  Visit the Ukrainian government’s COVID-19 website for updated information.

Subways in Kyiv, Dnipro and Kharkiv closed on March 17.  All other city transport, including buses and trams, may carry no more than 10 passengers at one time. City transport in Kyiv is limited to essential personnel with passes only.

Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) suspended all domestic passenger transport.  Further, regular and non-regular travels by autobus transport between cities is banned (private automobiles excluded).

Entry and Exit Requirements:

On March 25, the Minister of Internal Affairs announced that Ukraine will suspend air travel from the evening of Friday, March 27.

All scheduled commercial international passenger services, including flights, trains and passenger buses to and from Ukraine currently suspended.  Airlines, including Ukraine International Airlines, are opening repatriation flights on a rolling basis, with unpredictable schedules.

As of March 16, all foreigners without residence permits were barred from entering Ukraine.

U.S. Embassy Operations:

On March 15, the U.S. Department of State authorized the voluntary departure of non-essential U.S. government personnel and family members with high risk medical conditions for COVID-19.

U.S. government personnel are prohibited from all official and personal travel within Ukraine outside of Kyiv proper.

U.S. Embassy Kyiv has suspended all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services until further notice.  The Embassy is providing limited services for U.S. citizens, including adoptions and emergency services.  Please visit our website for additional information.

U.S. Embassy Kyiv has reduced staffing and is practicing social distancing. Personnel are further advised to avoid large gatherings.

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Combating the Coronavirus

Updates from the US Chamber of Commerce

Resources | Response | Impact

With Ukraine now reporting a limited number of COVID-19 cases, it’s important that businesses of all sizes and sectors continue to monitor the situation and are as prepared as possible to protect the health of their workers.

Resources & Guidelines for Business

The American Chamber of Commerce is working with government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to ensure we are all adequately prepared to protect Americans at home and abroad.

All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the Coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. Download these guides created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which are based on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus.

Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

For additional information and resources, visit https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/coronavirus.


Business Response

The American business community plays a vital role in combating outbreaks of viruses like the coronavirus. From developing life-saving antivirals to supporting global relief efforts to protecting their employees at home and abroad, businesses of all sizes and sectors are stepping up to address this crisis.

What Business Is Doing

View our corporate aid tracker for details on how businesses of all sizes and sectors are stepping up to combat the coronavirus. Corporate donations, both cash and in-kind, to support medical professionals and non-profits currently exceed $260 million.

How You Can Help

If you are a business that’s interested in learning how you can support relief efforts, contact the U.S. Chamber Foundation Senior Director of Global Resilience Brooks Nelson.

Latest from the U.S. Chamber

In response to the outbreak, the Chamber called on the administration to name a czar, and on February 26, President Trump named Vice President Pence as the administration's point person. At this critical time, we need clear accountability and data-based guidance so the public and American businesses can take the proper precautions to mitigate the impact.


Economic Impact: In the U.S. and Around the World

Drag-On Global Growth, Modest Impact in the U.S.

The spread of the coronavirus is a drag on global growth, which includes the United States. Growth in the United States will likely drop in the first quarter by 0.1% to 0.3%. Under this scenario, growth could fall under 2% in the first quarter.

China to Likely See Growth Fall Between 2% and 6%

Right now, some forecasters are predicting growth in China to fall from between 5% and 6% to between 2% and 3% in the first quarter, but that number could be substantially lower. Growth should rebound somewhat in the second quarter if the outbreak is contained soon, workers return to work, and factories resume production at meaningful levels.

The continuing spread of the virus in Japan, Korea, Italy, and other markets is generating additional demand shocks and supply chain disruptions, with corresponding downside risk for the U.S. and global growth.  Some forecasters are warning of steep declines in U.S. corporate profits for 2020.

Rebound Likely Once Virus Is Contained

When the virus is contained, there will be a bounce-back in growth in China and elsewhere that makes up for lost output. The longer the spread continues, the longer it will take to see that rebound.

New Survey on Business Impact

A new flash survey released by our partners at the American Chamber of Commerce in China reveals an early look at how the outbreak is affecting U.S. businesses with operations in China. Among the key findings were widespread reports of travel delays and productivity declines. Nearly one-third of respondents say they are facing increased costs and significantly reduced revenue. Click here for the full results.

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