In Moscow and the Moscow region, on October 28, non-working days began, introduced due to the situation with the coronavirus. Restrictions will last until at least November 7. During this period, cafes and restaurants in the capital and the region will operate only for take-out, schools, non-food stores, beauty salons, pools, car services, tire shops, cinemas will be closed.
Polyclinics and hospitals, including private ones, vaccination points in shopping centers and MFCs, grocery stores, public transport and pharmacies will continue to operate. Theaters and museums can only be visited with a QR code that confirms vaccination or transferred COVID-19.
The period of non-working days also began in the Kaliningrad, Rostov, Smolensk regions and Khakassia. In these regions, the work of enterprises and shopping centers will be limited, and in Khakassia a curfew was imposed and public transport was stopped.
The decree on non-working days in Russia was signed on October 20 by Russian President Vladimir Putin amid a new outbreak of coronavirus infections. At the same time, in the regions, the authorities can announce the weekend earlier or extend them after November 7, based on the situation with the incidence. The headquarters of Moscow for the fight against coronavirus announced that there were no plans to extend non-working days in the city after November 7. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov also said that there is no lockdown in Moscow and it is not planned to introduce it.
The announcement of non-working days in the Kremlin was explained by an attempt to “interrupt the chain of infections” with the coronavirus. The moment for the announcement of new antikidny measures was chosen after the statistics on the incidence of COVID-19 began to deteriorate in the country since mid-September. The daily increase in deaths from coronavirus on October 27 became the peak since the beginning of the pandemic – 1,123 people, and the number of those infected reached 36,582, the federal headquarters reported. At the same time, according to the level of vaccination per 100,000 people, Russia ranks 96th in the world, follows from data from Johns Hopkins University.