Current measures in place concerning COVID-19 / corona pandemic.
Update on measures in place concerning COVID-19 / corona pandemic.
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Last updated 28 May, 19:00.
- Nationwide state of high alert.
- Borders to/from Russia are closed, with exceptions for certain people (close family members, diplomats, etc). There are no more flights to/from Russia.
- Regions have the right o soften the anti-corona measures as the situation in these regions allows. Responsibility for softening has been transferred from the federal level to the regional level.
- Applications for work permits have been banned in general. However, the Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed that there will be an opportunity to prolong existing work or business visa as well as work permits for those being already in the country.
- The nationwide “non-working” regime is over as of 12 May. Industrials are allowed to work, those who can are recommended to continue working from home. The change from “non-working” regime to the usual regime may have consequences from a labour law standpoint.
- There have been introduced high financial penalties and criminal liabilities for breaking hygiene rules or other rules connected to the current state of high alert, as well as for spreading “fake news” on corona.
- Russian schools will have vacations
- Russian courts will accept only the most urgent cases and postpone the others
- There is a national quarantine rule; anyone entering from any foreign country is obliged to go under self-quarantine for 14 days. The same applies for people feeling sick.
- Several programmes to support business and physical persons have been launched. For details please contact us.
Link to the decision on federal level on travel bans:
Official Russian coronavirus news/info:
- Moscow and Moscow Region are in a factual curfew; it is only allowed to leave home for emergency medical care, go to work (only in certain cases), purchasing food in the nearest convenience store or pharmacy, bring out trash, walking pets (up to 100 metres away from home), keeping distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people
- As of 01 June, it is possible to go for a walk, but only twice a week on work days, and once a week during weekends.
- Sports activities are possible outside but only until 9am. Wearing a mask is compulsory.
- Parks are opened and can be visited to go for a walk from 9am to 9pm. Walking days for each building in Moscow will be fixed and published on www.mos.ru
- To travel through the city (for work, medical, private reasons) on any means of transport, an electronic permit has been compulsory since 15 April. The permit can be applied for at www.mos.ru
- Only a limited number of industrial and construction companies are allowed to continue working (except for distant work); there are specific requirements for hygiene, personal protection materials and obligatory testing in place.
- In public transport and shops, wearing masks and gloves is compulsory.
- For those companies that work in offices, distancing rules must be followed, disinfection procedures must be in place, employees must be given an opportunity to be tested for SARS-CoV-2.
- Companies have to provide the city government with figures of number of employees working on site, remotely, not working.
- Any sports facilities, cultural facilities, cinemas, exhibitions, educational institutions, night clubs, museums, theatres, tourist attractions, aquaparks, etc are closed. Leisure activities in groups are banned, independent of the group size.
- Public schools are closed.
- Shops can be open starting 01 June as long as social distancing is possible.
- Certain services providers may open as long as no prolonged contact with customers necessary
- Car sharing is allowed for minimum rent time of 5 days.
- Bicycle rent is possible if precaution methods are in place (masks, gloves, disinfection)
- Smoking of water-pipes in restaurants/cafes is forbidden
- >65 years olds, as well as such with chronical diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, bronchial diseases, etc. may leave the house for a walk.
Links to the latest decree on COVID-19 measures (Russian):
- St. Petersburg ist in a factual curfew; it is only allowed to leave home for emergency medical care, go to work (only in certain cases where it is allowed), purchasing food in the nearest convenience store or pharmacy, bring out trash, walking pets (up to 100 metres away from home), keeping distance of at least 1.5 metres to other people.
- In public, shops, public transport, taxis, it is compulsory to wear masks and gloves.
- Starting 01 June, wearing masks in the streets is no longer compulsory but rather recommended.
- Going to work is only allowed for those people who are obliged.
- Ban of mass events, such as sports events, cultural, entertainment and other, without giving a specific limitation of max. number of people.
- Closure of all indoor pools and fitness clubs. Also food courts in shopping centres are closed
- All shops, personal services providers, cafes, restaurants, churches, parks are temporarily closed 28 March until 11 May, with the exception of food stores, drug stores, petrol stations, other indispensable organisations.
- Car sharing is suspended
- Hospitals must not accept routine patients
- Recommendation to have disinfection measures in place during working hours
- It is recommended to call 112 after returning to Russia/the city to let authorities know about the arrival, self-quarantine, and location.
- >65 years olds, may leave the house for a walk but it is recommended to remain in self-isolation
Link to latest decisions on COVID-19:
Overall link to latest decisions of the city of St. Petersburg
- personal services are partly allowed to be open, shops as well. There are three different zones with different regimes, Zone 1, 2 and 3, with Zone 1 being the strictest and Zone 3 the most relaxed. In zone 3, cinemas are allowed to be open (50% occupancy), museums, libraries, too, with certain restrictions, whereas in Zone 1 most of these remain restricted. Detailed information see the website of AEB http://aebrus.ru/upload/iblock/a42/ogranicheniya-po-rabote-organizatsii_-sfery-uslug-i-torgovli-v-leningradskoi_-oblasti-s-12-maya-.pdf
- car sharing is banned.
Link to Leningrad Region decisions:
What does self-quarantine mean?
According to the hotline of the city of Moscow:
- Not leaving the apartment unless absolutely necessary
- Food and drinks shall be purchased via delivery, either by delivery services or by friends/relatives (avoid contact with the person who delivers)
- If a pet has to be taken to the street, this shall happen only at night when there are few people in the streets. No social contacts with other people allowed.
- Bringing out rubbish shall happen only at night when there are few people in the streets. No social contacts with other people allowed.
- In case of symptoms like high temperature, flu symptoms, coughing, running nose, sore throat, breathing problems, one shall not go to a doctor or hospital. A doctor shall be called home instead. Further steps will be decided by the doctors.
These measures are taken to avoid the danger of spreading the COVID-19 virus.
How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
The most important measures are the following:
- Washing hands regularly, as is always recommended. Washing hands well means having soap well rubbed on both sides of the hands and fingers as well as between the fingers. Washing the hands well should last at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face
- Disinfect your mobile phone, keyboard, mouse.
- Disinfect other surfaces touched by many people.
- Keep a distance to people wherever you are. 1.5 to 2 metres are recommended. Or stay at home at all if it is possible.
- Do not hand-shake or kiss people for greeting
- Avoid public meetings and gatherings with lots of people.
- Wearing masks: this measure mostly helps avoiding spreading viruses from those infected than avoiding to actually get infected. The benefit of wearing masks to those who have no symptoms or are not infected is not clear but recommended.
Why are the measures important?
- In a pandemic situation, the spreading of the virus can hardly be stopped. It can, however, be slowed down, which means the number of infected people will not increase as quickly as it would without taking measures. This means that the health system will not be faced with the same flood of patients all at the same time, which would mean the system would be massively overloaded and could collapse.
- By taking the measures, we shall protect the weaker ones among us, elder people or people with a weak immunity. They are the ones most endangered by the current pandemic.
- By following the rules set in place, we can slow down the spreading and shorten the time of such extraordinary measures being in place. The more people follow the recommendations, the faster we will be able to get back to normal.