Sergei Sobyanin on COVID-19 response in Moscow

October 10, 2020

On his blog, Sergei Sobyanin answered popular questions from people in Moscow about the restrictions related to COVID-19. The Mayor noted that the situation with the spread of the coronavirus is rapidly deteriorating.

Moscow has already taken a number of measures to reduce the number of cases: people over 65 and those suffering from chronic diseases have been requested to stay at home and as of 9 October, free public transport for them will be temporarily suspended. The social assistance system will once again resume. Moscow schools have closed for two weeks.

“Researchers still know too little about COVID-19. There is no data on how long the immunity acquired as a result of the disease lasts. It is not known how many people do not acquire immunity due to their special physical characteristics and could become infected once again. How can we distinguish between those who’ve already recovered from people who haven’t caught the disease?” Sergei Sobyanin explained.

The Moscow Mayor stressed that people who have recovered should comply with the same restrictions and recommendations as those who have not been infected. During the high alert regime, shops and consumer service enterprises have the right to refuse serving customers without masks and gloves. They can also demand that they leave the premises without delay. According to Rospotrebnadzor, the requirement to use PPE in shops and consumer service enterprises does not violate consumers’ rights. The fine for refusing to use PPE is 4,000 roubles. Administrative protocols are drawn up by the employees of the internal affairs bodies.

People visiting shops, in turn, can file complaints against places where the workers are not wearing masks. Information about any violations can be sent via email to the Moscow Government. The complaint will be considered by the Department of Trade and Services, the prefectures of the administrative areas as well as the district governments.

Sergei Sobyanin said that public transport passengers are required to use PPE. Passengers can buy this at metro and MCC stations at ticket offices, vending machines and shopping pavilions. As of 1 October, the cost of metro masks went down to just five roubles. Passengers are also required to wear gloves. Sanitisers are an additional measure to combat the virus, but not a replacement for gloves. The Moscow Mayor urged metro passengers to treat their hands with disinfectant before and after a trip.

If one family member falls ill, all people living with him or her in a flat must undergo PCR tests. For this, a medical worker comes to their home. All the family members receive a sanitary doctor's order to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Workers are issued sick leave with code 03, which means quarantine leave.

People can do PCR tests in 207 city polyclinics, of which 162 are for adults and 45 are for children. In addition to this, there are 30 ELISA centres in the city, where citizens over 18 can donate blood for antibodies to the coronavirus free of charge. Blood tests are by appointment only and should be made two weeks in advance. Detailed information on the test can be found on a special section of the Moscow Department of Healthcare website.

People suffering from chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, and pregnant women should contact the hotline: +7 (495) 870 4509 to apply for sick leave. The sick leave number will be reported to the patient by phone or SMS. Pregnant women up to 30 weeks (in case of singleton pregnancy) are issued sick leave with the code 03.

Businesses and organisations are required to provide home office work for at least 30 percent of their workers. The Association of Administrative and Technical Inspections of Moscow (OATI) will monitor compliance with these requirements of the city authorities. OATI employees will conduct spot checks, as well as respond to complaints from citizens about unlawful refusals to organise home office work.

Private schools and institutions of additional education are not required but recommended to go on holiday.

“It is inconvenient for them to continue working as usual. After all, children from private schools simultaneously attend city institutions for additional education. And children from city schools go to private educational clubs. In order to prevent problems for parents and children, it is better to put everything for everyone on hold at the same time. Many private educational institutions have followed this advice,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

The Moscow Longevity clubs will continue to function. People can sign up for online classes by calling the nearest social service centre. Phone numbers are available on the website.

Sergei Sobyanin said that the Moscow Government has allocated 284 billion roubles to fight the pandemic. Actual expenses as of the moment have exceeded 213 billion roubles. More than eight million people in Moscow have received support in one form or another. The most important public assistance programmes were the following:

— direct payments to Muscovites over 65 and citizens suffering from chronic diseases who observed the self-isolation regime (received by about 1.9 million citizens);

— increase in monthly cash payments for children aged between three and seven (received by almost 110,000 children);

— regional allowance for unemployment benefits (received by more than 98,000 Muscovites);

— distribution of food packages to schoolchildren (received by over one million people);

— delivery of medicine, food and other targeted social assistance to citizens who comply with the self-isolation regime;

— exemption of homeowners from overhaul fees in the second quarter of 2020 (received by 3.5 million homeowners).

The largest medical programmes are:

— payment of additional allowances to medical workers;

— purchase of medical equipment, conversion of city hospitals, consumables, diagnostics and medicine;

— construction and equipping of a new infectious diseases hospital in Voronovskoye;

— payment of grants to federal and private medical organisations for the conversion of bed space.

Anti-crisis support was received by about 43,000 city organisations in 13 industries, which employ a total of 770,000 people.

The main support measures were:

— exemption and postponement of payments for rental of urban real estate;

— subsidies and grants to small and medium-sized businesses;

— deferred tax payments;

— grants to owners of commercial real estate;

— grants to organisations to fight against the coronavirus (hotels, taxis, etc.);

— soft lending.

You can find out more about coronavirus prevention and response in the special project section


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