From July 1, 2020, Georgia is opening its borders for tourists, becoming one of the first countries in the world to open to tourism after the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced today at a government meeting by the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gaharia.
Last weekend something unusual has happened in Tbilisi.
Elon Musk’s Starlink near-Earth satellite network flew over Tbilisi. On April 20, 60 satellites were launched from Florida.
Starlink is a project of a system of near-Earth satellites developed and implemented by SpaceX to create a cheap and high-performance satellite Internet communication channel and technical transmitters for receiving and transmitting signals from the earth and orbit.
Reportedly, in the next six months SpaceX plans to launch a closed beta testing of the Internet, and later the open testing will be available.
In order to avoid the COVID-19 pandemic, Poti’s agricultural market director Nodar Corsantia, decided to take drastic measures. At the entrance of the market, customers are greeted by a specially equipped employee. And most importantly, the equipment consists of sanitizing spray and an iron. Coins are disinfected with an antiseptic and paper bills with a hot iron. If a person opposes cash disinfection, he will not enter the market. via Facebook
Because of coronavirus pandemic, there is curfew in effect in Georgia. People are not allowed to go outside after 9 PM till 6 AM. Hefty fines of 3,000 GEL ($950) make sure that locals stay home. Only on 4th April 2020, 421 facts of violation of curfew were registered, and according to minimal estimates, the amount of fines is 1,263,000 ₾ ($399,683 USD). That’s a lot of money for Georgians, considering the fact that the minimum monthly wage is only $400. No wonder, this Batumi resident is running away from police, after only 18 minutes past the curfew.
This is how Georgian mobile operator Magti reminds its customers to stay home during coronavirus pandemic. The most interesting part is that I’m only one in my family who has this message on the phone. And I did, in fact, went out for groceries recently….Others, stayed inside.
The places, where neighbours are hanging around in Georgia are called “birzha” (exchange marketplace). This is the place, where locals drink together, hang around, gossip and what not. Due to coronavirus pandemic, this is how birzha in Rustavi looks like today.