Moscow gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions

June 9, 2020
Social sector

The capital is gradually lifting restrictions linked with the coronavirus pandemic. Industrial and construction companies resumed work from 12 May. Non-food shops and many service centres reopened on 1 June. Hundreds of thousands of people have resumed work. A week ago, walks were allowed within preset timeframes.

“Why did we introduce these restrictions? Moscow is one of the leading cities in the world in terms of population density. It is impossible to compare Moscow with most European and Russian cities. All of us know how difficult it is to stay indoors for several months. We needed this short transitional period so as not to upset the fragile balance and to prevent another epidemic. We did not want to create a situation which would encourage crowding in streets, parks and public gardens. There needed to be minimal adaptation and a smooth transfer from one state to another. This transfer has taken place,” Sergei Sobyanin wrote in his blog.  

Restrictions will be lifted under a three-stage process.

From 9 June, digital passes will no longer be needed and the lockdown will be lifted in the capital. City residents, including people over 65 and those with permanent health disorders will be able to roam the streets without any restrictions, travel all over the city and visit public places.

Hairdressers, beauty salons and veterinary clinics can also resume work completely from 9 June. The offices of public organisations and recruitment agencies and local cemeteries will also reopen. Car sharing restrictions will be lifted. Film and recording studios and research institutes will be able to work as usual. Performers will be able to rehearse at theatres, concert halls and circuses.

Dental clinics, estate agencies, law firms and accountancy companies will resume work from 16 June. The same applies to management consultancies, advertising agencies and market research firms.

Sports events will be permitted, provided that the number of spectators does not exceed ten percent of any specific facility’s seating capacity.

Public catering companies will be able to open summer cafés. Libraries will be open to readers by prior appointment. Those wishing to visit museums, exhibition halls and zoos will have to buy tickets online. These organisations will limit the number of people visiting at any particular time.

Physical fitness and health improvement facilities, fitness clubs and swimming pools will resume work from 23 June. Restaurants, cafés, canteens, diners, buffets, pubs and bars, other public catering companies, including those in local culture and leisure parks, spas, massage parlours, solariums, steam baths and saunas will also reopen. Readers can visit libraries by making a prior appointment. River cruises and boat transport will restart in local rivers.  

After reopening, all organisations will have to meet the requirements of the city departments monitoring their activities and follow the instructions of the Moscow division of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor).

The lifting of restrictions may be reconsidered if the epidemiological situation worsens.


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