16 June: Summer terraces, libraries and museums and plenty of other places get back to work

June 16
Social sector

Lifting restrictions has entered another phase, Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog.

“If we decide on lifting some restrictions we always check first how the epidemiologic situation in the city looks. It is crucial to keep an eye on this and have the possibility to move onto the next step. We have to solve problems with many unknowns and there is always a risk of making a mistake and it is an enormous responsibility for the city dwellers,” explained the Moscow Mayor.

On 16 June it will be business as usual for dental clinics as well as real estate, rental, legal advice, accounting, management consulting, advertising and market research companies. Sports events with spectators not exceeding 10 percent of the total sports facility will also be allowed.

Summer cafes at permanent catering facilities will be reopened too. People will be able to visit exhibitions and the Zoo provided they have e-tickets. However, appointments will be needed for visits to libraries. These entities will have to observe the restrictions in terms of the number of visitors present within their facilities at any one time.

Favourable trends

Sergei Sobyanin underscored the need for observing an optimal balance between the sanitary measures and the transition back to a normal way of life. In his opinion he believes that the extraordinary measures should be lifted step by step.

“Thanks to the responsible behaviour of most of the people in Moscow, the sanitary measures and the excellent work of the health care facilities we have coped with the situation. It not only helped to stop the situation from aggravating, but considerably improved it,” he wrote.

The favourable trend is attributed to less cases of the virus. It is three to four times lower than in early May.

The number of people seriously ill who require to be taken to hospital is steadily decreasing. Compared to the first week in June, last week the average number of people going to hospital went down by 22 percent, from 753 to 587 patients a day. As a result, the number of people treated in coronavirus centres reduced to 8,500, i.e. by 13 percent.

Moreover, now Moscow has less community-acquired pneumonia cases, which is the most serious COVID-19 complication. Their number decreased by 30 percent last week: from 706 to 493 cases a day on the average.

Nevertheless, hospital beds are being vacated quite slowly now. The reason is new Health Ministry instructions, which expanded the grounds for people going to hospital to those who are suspected of contracting the coronavirus. A large reserve of hospital beds lets doctors take their time when it comes to discharging patients. Therefore they can monitor a person’s condition in hospital for a few more days.

On the way to victory

Sergei Sobyanin stressed that the coronavirus is still dangerous and called on Moscow residents not to relax. Notwithstanding the gradual lifting of the restrictions, people are required to wear masks.

“We must keep to social distancing and use means of protection for the sake of our own and other people’s health. Avoid crowds at all times and also unnecessary contacts as much as possible. Walks should be scheduled for times when places are not crowded. City enterprises must strictly obey the requirements of public health doctors," he said.

Moscow is gradually lifting the restrictions: industrial and building companies as well as government services centres already resumed their work on 12 May. Non-food shops, dry-cleaner’s, shoe-repair shops and some other consumer services reopened a bit later.

From 9 June, digital passes were no longer needed. City residents can do sports outdoors and walk in the parks any time. Barber shops, beauty salons, veterinary clinics and job agencies are back to business.

Health and fitness clubs, swimming pools, spas, solariums, and saunas are expected to be reopening on 23 June. Restaurants, cafes, snack and other bars will start functioning and appointments will no longer be needed to go to libraries.

Source: mos.ru

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