Museums, libraries and exhibition centres reopen in Moscow

January 21

As of 22 January museums, libraries and exhibition centres in the city are  resuming work again. Sergei Sobyanin has signed an executive order to ease the existing restrictions on cultural facilities. He wrote about it in his blog:

“Museums, libraries and other cultural facilities will resume working. When it comes to entertainment, cultural and leisure events, as well as exhibitions, sports and other gatherings only 50 percent of the usual capacity will be permitted,” Sergei Sobyanin explained.

In addition to this, children’s entertainment and daycare centres plus play areas at shopping centres will also reopen. However, such places shouldn’t be more than 50 percent full. The maximum number of visitors permitted in theatres, cinemas and concert halls is being increased from 25 percent to 50 percent.

At the same time, senior citizens and those with chronic diseases are being requested to remain in their homes. Employers must keep at least 30 percent of their staff working remotely.

 “The situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus infection makes us feel cautiously optimistic. Last week we saw between 2,000 and 4,000 new cases on a daily basis, which is much less than what we recorded at the end of December,” the Mayor noted. “The jab campaign is gaining momentum. Over 220,000 people in Moscow are now protected from the virus. Given all this, we can allow ourselves to significantly ease the existing restrictions.”

During the pandemic, Moscow’s cultural life continued. Many museums and theatres as well as exhibition and cultural centres made available online programmes. Thus, the portal still has live broadcasts plus recordings and reviews of the best cultural events, as well as of those online events that are to be held in the near future.

The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 is underway in Moscow. The list of groups of people eligible for a jab is constantly being expanded. There are 100 vaccination points available at outpatient clinics, plus mobile jab stations at popular public places.


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