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Jan 27, 2021
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We can afford it. Restrictive measures continue to be lifted in the capital

Due to the improvement of the epidemiological situation with the coronavirus Mayor Sobyanin signed a decree to remove some of the quarantine restrictions. Colleges, sports schools and institutions of additional education resumed their work on January 22.

In addition, museums and libraries were opened. The maximum number of spectators in theaters, cinemas and concert halls has been increased to 50%.

Cautious optimism

In his blog, Sergei Sobyanin wrote that the situation with the spread of coronavirus infection inspires cautious optimism. In the last week alone, the number of new cases of COVID infection has decreased to 2-3 thousand per day (at the end of December, the number of cases exceeded 8 thousand). In Moscow, 50% of the bed capacity is free for the treatment of patients with coronavirus. 3 Observators for townspeople with mild COVID will return to normal work. “Over the past day, for the first time since mid-autumn, less than a thousand patients with COVID-19 have been hospitalized in the capital against 1,800 on holidays and holidays. The rate of vaccination has increased. 220 thousand Muscovites have already received reliable protection against the virus. In this situation, we can afford to significantly soften the current restrictions, ”the mayor said.

Colleges, additional education institutions, sports schools, as well as children’s circles and sections resumed their work. In this regard, students’ transport cards have been unlocked, and they will again be able to enjoy the right of reduced travel on public transport.

However, federal and city universities will continue to work in a distance format until February 6. According to the mayor, the decision on full-time education of students and unblocking of their transport cards will be made in agreement with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Sobyanin drew attention to the fact that there is no need to mitigate the requirement to transfer at least 30% of employees of organizations to remote work – this rule will remain in effect until the epidemiological situation significantly improves. The current restrictions on catering establishments, nightclubs, bars, discos, karaoke, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues also remain. Restaurants and clubs are still prohibited from receiving visitors from 23.00 to 6.00.

Until the end of January, the recommendations on the observance of the home regime for citizens over 65 and those who suffer from chronic diseases also remain. However, their social cards can still be unlocked if they get vaccinated.

At the same time, the capital now has minimal restrictions compared to other cities, the mayor of Moscow stressed.

What has remained unchanged?

The occupancy of theaters and cinemas did not exceed 25% of the total capacity a week ago. Therefore, it is not surprising that the theater world perceived the opportunity to double the number of visitors as a breath of fresh air. Firstly, artists cannot live without spectators, and playing in front of a half-empty hall, even understanding why this is happening, is still difficult.

“Everyone was looking forward to the opportunity to invite more spectators to the performances. This will help our artists, because theater is an energy exchange, and the more people in the hall, the more powerful it is, ” First Deputy Artistic Director – Director of the Moscow Art Theater. Chekhova Marina Andreikina

In addition, an increase in the number of tickets sold will significantly improve the financial situation of the capital’s troupes. “This will give us the opportunity not to suffer losses and not ask the state for help, because the 50% occupancy rate will allow us to at least go to zero,” she said. Press Secretary of the Bolshoi Theater Katerina Novikova

If the theaters still worked, albeit with restrictions on the number of spectators, the city museums were completely closed. They also began to receive visitors with a limit on the occupancy of the halls – no more than 50% of the capacity.

The Pushkin Museum welcomed Muscovites and tourists with two new exhibitions, one of which is devoted to British advertising of the late 19th – early 20th centuries, the second, entitled “Keepers. Brotherhood of the Key ”, dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the numismatics department. The exposition presents unique coins, orders and medals from the museum funds. “Museums live for the public, so they cannot be a thing in themselves, they must always be open to the outside,” stressed exhibition curator Sergey Kovalenko

What has remained unchanged in museums, theaters, cinema and concert halls is the obligation to wear masks. Sergei Sobyanin noted that if the epidemiological situation continues to improve, other restrictions will also be relaxed. The mayor stressed that this largely depends on the townspeople themselves, on their desire to be vaccinated, as well as to maintain a social distance of 1.5 m and a mask-glove regime in transport and public places.

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