Now in the Republic of Crimea there are 1,092 health resort and hotel organizations of various ownership, as well as about 2,700 small hotels. Under conditions of the high preparedness regime and in accordance with clause 9.1 of the Decree of the Head of the Republic of Crimea dated May 31, 2020 No. 179-U "On Amendments to the Decree of the Head of the Republic of Crimea dated March 17, 2020 No. 63-U" activity of the health resorts and other accommodation facilities in the Republic of Crimea is still suspended until special notice.
Today and in the near future, all arriving in Crimea by air, rail and road transport, if they have no registered residence in Crimea or property, will be obligatory sent to the medical observatory. This is an unpleasant, but necessary safety measure, imposed to secure the beginning of the summer season on the peninsula.
Today, the Government and the Ministry of Resorts and Tourism of the Republic of Crimea has developed and submitted to the Federal Authorities for approval a plan for the phased launch of the health resort and tourism sector.
The first stage implies the launch of health resort and hotel organizations which have a valid medical license for medical care, health improvement and medical rehabilitation, which are ready and fully comply with the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor (Russisn authority for services supervision) in the current version.
The first stage of the plan is to provide the Crimeans with the possibility of recreation and recovery within the region if the sanitary and epidemic situation is permitting, and this stage may begin no earlier than June 15. Before starting operation, an accommodation facility has to submit a Notification of the beginning of operation to the Portal of the Republican Government and after that it will be inspected by the Rospotrebnadzor, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Crimea, the Ministry of Resorts and Tourism of the Republic of Crimea for compliance with the recommendations of the Rospotrebnadzor. The relevant experience in providing medical services, a medical base and appropriate number of staff will also be checked.
At the moment, managers of about 40 accommodation facilities have declared their readiness to work in this mode.
The second stage is the authorization of the hotels and guest houses, which will prove their readiness to comply with the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor valid at that time, provided the sanitary and epidemiological situation is stable. Before the start of operation, an accommodation facility must be inspected by the commission and submit a Notice of the beginning of work to the Government Portal.
The start of the second stage is possible no earlier than two weeks after the launch of the first stage. The two-week term is determined because it is 14-day incubation period of coronavirus infection, after which it will be possible to assess the consequences of launching the part of the health resort complex.
At the second stage, the start of cross-regional tourist traffic will be possible with the approval of the Federal Authorities.
The Ministry of Resorts and Tourism is also planning to create an electronic system for recording and registering those arriving to Crimea with the use of the Government Services Portal or specially created software. The goal will be not only to monitor the real tourist flow and geography of tourist accommodation, but also additional security guarantees both for vacationers and for Crimeans themselves in the current situation.
The third stage implies less strict requirements of Rospotrebnadzor to the accommodation facilities of all types and forms of ownership, to the work of entertainment facilities, etc. The start date for this stage can be determined based on the results of the first two stages implementation.
At the same time, on behalf of the Head of the Republic, recreation programs at the expense of the Government budget funds are being developed for a number of categories of people, conditions and periods of organized recreation of children are being planned.
Currently maximum efforts are being made to lessen the requirements of Rospotrebnadzor to the accommodation conditions in the health resort and hotel complex, to develop new recommendations, specific response plans and mechanisms of work at all stages.
"We are well aware that the health resort and tourist complex of Crimea is waiting for an early start of work, but this should be done carefully, in stages, in order to prevent worsening of the epidemiological situation and additional risks both for residents of Crimea and the guests", — said the Minister of Resorts and Tourism of the Republic of Crimea Vadim Volchenko.