- October 21, 2021
From October 25th New Restrictions Are Introduced in Moscow
This article has been updated due to the release of Moscow Mayor’s Decree No. 62-UM dated October 21st, 2021.
Moscow residents over 60 years old and citizens with chronic diseases should go into self-isolation
From October 25th to February 25th Moscow residents of the older generation and residents of the capital with chronic diseases should stay at home. Working citizens in this category have the right to take sick leave.
In some cases, such citizens can leave their homes. Examples are:
- go to the store, the clinic or the hospital;
- walk their pets;
- take out the garbage;
- go to work;
- go for a walk or exercise on the fresh air;
- in case there is a direct threat to life and health.
These measures do not apply to those who:
- have had coronavirus within the last six months and recovered
- have been vaccinated.
From October 25th to February 25th, Moscow organizations must transfer to remote work:
- at least 30% of the total number of employees;
- all employees over the age of 60 and with chronic illnesses. The only exception is for employees whose presence in the workplace is critical to the functioning of the organization.
No need to transfer to remote work:
- those who have been vaccinated
- those who have had coronavirus
- employees of medical organizations, defense companies, Rosatom, Roscosmos, and some other strategic industries.
From October 25th employers have to send their list of remote employees via mos.ru. The first report must be sent by October 25th, 2021. Subsequent changes to the list of remote workers must be reported on the same day. If nothing changes, you do not need to resend the report.
80% of service industry workers are required to get vaccinated
By the end of this year, service organizations must have at least 80% of their employees vaccinated. The first round of vaccinations must be completed by December 1st.
October 21, 2021 Update
On October 21st, the mayor of Moscow issued a decree to establish non-working days in the capital from October 28th, 2021 to November 7th, 2021, inclusive.
During this period, access of visitors and employees to buildings, structures, constructions (premises therein), on territories in which goods are sold, or works and services are performed, is suspended, including:
1) restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, buffets, bars, snack bars and other public catering enterprises, including those in parks of culture and recreation, with the exception of:
- take-out service without citizens visiting the premises of such enterprises, as well as delivery of orders;
- enterprises providing public catering services in hotels, hostels and other accommodation facilities for citizens residing in these facilities, provided there is no access to such premises for citizens who do not reside in them;
- enterprises providing public catering services (including cafeterias, buffets, cafes) for employees of organizations and individual entrepreneurs, provided there is no access to such premises for citizens who are not employees;
2) retail trade facilities, except for:
- pharmacies and drugstores;
- sites of retail trade for the selling food products and (or) non-food essentials specified in the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation from March 27, 2020 ¹ 762-r, provided that the share of such goods in the range defined in the manner prescribed by the Department of Trade and Services of Moscow, is not less than 30%;
- retail trade facilities for the sale of goods remotely, including by delivery;
3) organizations and individual entrepreneurs providing personal services, except for services without the attendance of citizens on the premises of such enterprises;
4) beauty salons, cosmetic salons, SPA-salons, massage salons, solariums, baths, saunas and other places where such services are rendered;
5) physical training and health complexes, fitness clubs, swimming pools;
6) mass physical training, sporting events;
7) medical organizations for the provision of dental services, except for diseases and conditions that require the provision of dental care as an emergency or urgently;
8) organizations, individual entrepreneurs carrying out recreational, entertainment, spectator, advertising activities, including in parks, shopping and entertainment centers, amusement rides, nightclubs, bars, discos, karaoke, bowling clubs, carting centers, other places of mass attendance of citizens, as well as game events, master classes, other similar activities with the personal presence of citizens;
9) cultural, exhibition, educational events (including exhibition halls, libraries, lectures, trainings);
10) cinemas, concert halls, circuses, including for the purposes of rehearsals of creative groups without the participation of the audience;
11) children’s playrooms, children’s entertainment centers, children’s day-care camps and other places where similar activities are held for minors, including culture and leisure parks and shopping and entertainment centers;
12) zoos, with the exception of areas located outdoors.
The restrictions established by this paragraph shall not apply to organizations whose activities may not be restricted in accordance with Decree No. 316 of the President of the Russian Federation of May 11, 2020 “On Determining the Procedure for Extending Actions to Ensure Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the Population in the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation in Connection with the Spread of New Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19)”.
At the same time, organizations and individual entrepreneurs have the right to maintain the presence on the relevant territories, in buildings, structures, constructions (premises therein) of persons ensuring the protection and maintenance of these facilities, as well as the maintenance of processes that cannot be suspended given their technological features, and persons ensuring the accrual and payment of wages.
The decree also says that organizations and individual entrepreneurs carrying out activities in the territory of Moscow related to the provision of services to citizens in their presence are recommended to decide on their own whether to carry out activities in compliance with the requirements for the use of QR codes and other requirements established by the decree of the Mayor of Moscow, as well as the requirements for the availability of personal respiratory protection (masks, respirators) for visitors.