April 29. Information Center - The Ashyq mobile application
allows businesses to continue their work amid the coronavirus restrictions. As
of April 27, the project includes 1,658 businesses and more than 378,000
citizens, said Kazakh Healthcare Minister Alexey Tsoy at an government
meeting, The Astana Times reports.
The app was initially designed to allow people to visit
businesses that had to suspend their work under the existing coronavirus
restrictions. These included spas, fitness centers, and cinemas.
Citizens must fill in their national identification number
to use the app. Integrated
with the data from the Ministry of Health, the app shows a person’s status
ranging from green and blue when movement is not restricted to yellow
(contacted with infected people) and red (positive PCR test).
Ashyq has been implemented at fitness clubs, spas, swimming pools, bowling,
billiard and computer clubs, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, catering
facilities, inter-regional and city nonregular routes. Voluntary
participation in Ashyq is also envisaged for certain areas of business,” said
which was at first met with public criticism, was tested in January in
Kazakhstan’s major cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, and Karaganda, and starting
April 26, the project expanded nationwide.
pilot launch of the app, 809 people attempted to enter venues with a red status
and 340 people with yellow status since April 12.
5,000 businesses are expected to connect to the system in a week through May 5,
said Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Chair Ablai Myrzakhmetov.
that businesses from Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Karaganda, and Taraz are actively
using the app. Voluntary participants – banks, medical centers, hotels, who
want to secure their staff and customers without receiving the benefits – are
actively joining the project. Thanks to the app, businesses that were banned
since last year have been given permission to resume their work,” said
Myrzakhmetov during the government meeting,