All Moscow restaurants, cafes, bars and canteens will be closed from March 28 to April 5, according to a March 26 decree by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. Companies will be able to continue delivering meals remotely.
Major Moscow parks will also be temporarily shut down. The measure applies to VDNH, Gorky Park, Zaryadye, Sokolniki, the Tsaritsyno and Kolomenskoye nature reserves, and the Kuskovo Memorial Estate.
The work of all non-essential stores will be suspended, with restrictions also applying to service providers requiring close human contact (for example, hairdressers).
Businesses in Moscow are now required to regularly monitor employees’ body temperature and suspend people with readings that fall outside the required norm.
Sobyanin also advised Moscow residents to forego the attendance of churches, mosques and synagogues for the foreseeable future. All tourist activity in the Russian capital has been put on hold.
Similar measures were introduced in the Moscow Region - Governor Andrey Vorobyov decreed the closure of all establishments except food stores and pharmacies from the 28th of March.
A day prior, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a televised address declaring the following week - March 30 to April 5 - a paid holiday, calling on Russians to stay home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Russia confirmed 182 new coronavirus infections on Thursday morning - the largest one-day increase in cases so far, bringing the country’s official case total up to 840. The majority of new infections - 136 cases - were registered in Moscow. The official number of deaths from COVID-19 is now up to two, as two coronavirus patients passed away on Wednesday, according to a statement from Russia’s coronavirus response center. As of 13.20 GMT on March 26, over 474,000 COVID-19 cases have been registered in over 190 countries, resulting in more than 21,000 deaths and more than 114,000 recoveries.