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 02 April, 18:00.
- Nationwide state of high alert.
- Borders to/from Russia are closed, with exceptions for certain people. There are no more flights to/from Russia.
- Regions are requested to introduce strict quarantine regulations, similar to those introduced in Moscow as of 30 March 2020
- 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.
- 30 March – 30 April Russia is in a “non-working” regime. People shall stay at home. Those who can work remotely shall do so. Those who cannot must stay at home but will receive full salaries.
- 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.
- Russian schools will have vacations until 12 April 2020.
- Russian courts will accept only the most urgent cases and postpone the others until 10 April
- 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 latest decision on federal level on travel bans:
- 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
- In a second step, only people with a special permit will be allowed leave the house. The permits are to be issued by the city’s government.
- 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.
This is valid until 10 April 2020.
- Public schools are closed from 21 March 2020 until 12 April 2020.
- All shops, cafes, restaurants, personal services providers, the largest parks are closed 28 March until 05 April 2020, except for food stores, drug stores, medical institutions, petrol stations, other indispensable organizations.
- Smoking of water-pipes in restaurants/cafes is forbidden
- Order for self-isolation for people >65 years old, as well as such with chronical diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, bronchial diseases, etc. There are certain exceptions for “critical” positions. This rule is in place until 14 April 2020.
- To obtain a sick leave certificate, the number 8-495-870-45-09 shall be called and it will be delivered home.
Links to the latest decree on COVID-19 measures (Russian):
St. Petersburg & Leningrad Region
- 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.
- 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 up to 30 April 2020.
- Closure of all indoor pools and fitness clubs. Also food courts in shopping centres are closed until 30 April 2020
- All shops, personal services providers, cafes, restaurants, churches, parks are temporarily closed 28 March until 05 April, with the exception of food stores, drug stores, petrol stations, other indispensable organisations.
- 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.
- In Leningrad Region, self-isolation for over 65-year-olds is compulsory. There is a ban on retail trade (exceptions: food, medical, pet, car repair & gas stations), services rendering with a few exceptions, on visiting forests, hunting, ordinary hospital visits.
Link to latest decisions on COVID-19:
Overall link to latest decisions of the city of St. Petersburg
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.