Further steps being introduced in Moscow to combat COVID-19

March 28
Social sector

Measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 have been expanded in Moscow. The decree of the Moscow Mayor has been amended to suspend operations of shopping and public catering facilities and services usually visited by many people, as Mayor Sergei Sobyanin reported in his blog

'The restrictions imposed today are unprecedented in the modern history of Moscow and will cause everyone much inconvenience in their daily life. But they are absolutely essential in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of cases,' the Moscow Mayor stressed.

In particular, pre-school educational facilities will offer daycare groups provided the sanitary requirements are observed. 

Temporary cancellation of free public transport will not affect students working or volunteering at healthcare facilities, or those engaged in voluntary activities (subject to confirmation by calling + 7 (495) 777-77-77).

28 March till 5 April, extra restrictions will be imposed on businesses and organisations visited by a large number of people. Restaurants, cafés, bars, canteens and other catering facilities will be closed for this period, except for ready meal deliveries and takeaways. That is, no visitors are allowed in cafés, bars and restaurants. Canteens and snack bars serving employees of enterprises and office centres are allowed to stay open.

Shopping facilities will be temporarily closed, except for remote sales, including delivery. Pharmacies and dispensaries will stay open, including shops to buy foodstuff and some non-food necessities.

The list of non-food essential goods includes:

— face mask;

— hand sanitiser;

— wet wipes;

— dry tissues;

— toilet soap;

— hard soap;

— toothpaste;

— toothbrush;

— toilet paper;

— sanitary pads;

— detergent;

— baby diapers;

— matches;

— candles;

— baby underpads;

— baby shampoo;

— baby diaper rash cream;

— feeding bottle;

— pacifier;

— motor gasoline;

— diesel fuel.

Also, services requiring personal presence are temporarily suspended, with hairdressers closed, except for medical, rehabilitation services, care for the elderly and other persons in need, other social, transport, banking and insurance, housing and communications, and funeral services. The Moscow Emergency Response Centre can extend this list, if needed. However, there are no restrictions on remote services or courier delivery.

Also, from 28 March till 5 April, the following public spaces will be closed: VDNKh, Gorky Park, Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve, Kolomenskoye Museum Reserve, Zaryadye Park, Kuskovo Estate Museum, and Sokolniki Park. It is also advisable to avoid visiting religious facilities. Their staff and clergymen are allowed to continue working during this period.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin declared the days from 30 March till 3 April as days off  for most Russians to stay at home and avoid contacts with other people. During the forced holidays, those working will not lose their wages. 

Moscow has been on high alert since 5 March. This measure allows to keep the normal life in the city, while focusing the city services primarily on Muscovites who came from high-risk countries.

Sports, entertainment, and other public gatherings are prohibited in Moscow until 10 April. Also, exhibitions, cultural, sports, and education events involving more than 50 participants are temporarily banned.

Call the hotline of the Moscow Department of Healthcare +7 (495) 870-45-09 to learn how to prevent and combat COVID-19.

Source: mos.ru

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