Coronavirus:
official information
Moscow COVID-19
hotline (08:00 am till 09:00 pm):
+7 (495) 870-45-09

Dial 103 to call an ambulance
Data for July 2, 2020
cases confirmed in Moscow
patients recovered
patients died
Coronavirus: official information
Moscow COVID-19
hotline (08:00 am till 09:00 pm):
+7 (495) 870-45-09

Dial 103 to call an ambulance
Data for July 2, 2020
cases confirmed in Moscow
patients recovered
patients died
New cases
as of 2 July 2020
42.9%
aged 18 and 45
31.6%
aged 46 and 65
15.8%
over 65
9.7%
children
42.9%
aged 18 and 45

31.6%
aged 46 and 65
15.8%
over 65

9.7%
children
Important
  • Moscow is returning to normal life. Self-isolation, transport passes and walking schedules are cancelled as of 9 June for those who have no flu symptoms or the coronavirus. Now people may leave home without restrictions, use public transit and visit public places.
What are the symptoms?
Fever
Sneezing
Cough
Difficulty breathing
Do you have similar symptoms?
Avoid self-medication. At an early stage, coronavirus symptoms are similar to those of common cold or seasonal allergies. Even minor symptoms, including cough, runny nose, fever, and others, can speak for infection. Stay at home and call a doctor from your clinic or dial 103.

Patients with common cold symptoms are potential virus carriers, so they must self-isolate. Their household members should also stay at home, but they can go out to the nearest store or pharmacy, walk the dog, take out garbage, or if they seek emergency medical care or there is a direct threat to their life and health. These steps have been introduced by decree of Moscow Mayor.

Read about hygiene rules for those living with people delivering common cold symptoms or infected with COVID-19.

How is coronavirus transmitted?

Like other respiratory viruses, it is transmitted mainly by airborne droplets when coughing or sneezing. Also, it can spread when you touch any contaminated surface like a door handle. In this case, you get infected when you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with contaminated hands.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19 and coronavirus immunity?

Moscow to launch free coronavirus immunity testing

Moscow residents can be tested for immunity to the coronavirus for free. All people, 18 and older, are entitled to free tests if they hold the mandatory medical insurance policy. Blood tests can be taken in all administrative districts of Moscow. These tests help identify those who have mild cases of the disease or who have already recovered from it. This will help predict the course of the pandemic and make decisions on lifting or maintaining restrictions.

Testing for COVID-19

You must be referred by a doctor to get tested for COVID-19. High-risk groups test first, with the following priority levels:

  • people living with an infected person;
  • patients with confirmed pneumonia;
  • people living with patients with confirmed pneumonia;
  • patients over 60 with common cold symptoms and underlying chronic diseases (cardiovascular, oncological, endocrine diseases, diabetes);
  • patients with common cold symptoms (patients referred by a doctor in some cases);
  • those who are in constant contact with others: medical and social workers, police officers, utilities, housing and transport sector employees.

It is up to the doctor to decide on whether you should get tested for COVID-19. Before the test, doctors require as much information as possible (a patient's condition, recent travel history, contacts with potentially infected persons, etc.).

Dial 103 to call a doctor (operators speak English).
How to prevent coronavirus?
Keep your hands clean, and cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands (usually we do this unconsciously 15 times an hour on average).
If you develop symptoms similar to coronavirus or common cold, call a doctor immediately.
Keep your hands clean, and cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands (usually we do this unconsciously 15 times an hour on average).
If you develop symptoms similar to coronavirus or common cold, call a doctor immediately.
At home
In transport and other public places
At work
Always wash your hands before meals.
Air rooms on a regular basis, wash the floors, wipe tables, shelves, and dishes.
Explain to your children how germs spread and why a proper hand and face hygiene is important.
If you suspect a coronavirus, isolate a patient in a separate room and call a doctor.
Beginning 12 May, public transit passengers will be required to wear masks and gloves. These items will be on sale in the metro. Masks and gloves must be worn in shops and in shopping centres/malls.
Single-use surgical masks cannot be reused, while reusable masks must be changed every two or three hours, washed and steam ironed.
Try to avoid touching any surface or object as much as possible.
Do not eat food from open sources (packaging/bowls) if others have touched the food (for example, nuts, chips or other snacks).
Frequently clean the surfaces and devices you touch (computer keyboard, office equipment panels, smartphone screen, remotes, door handles and handrails)
Keep your hands clean, wash them frequently with soap and water, or use a disinfectant.
Ventilate the office several times a day.
If you develop symptoms similar to those caused by coronavirus, call a doctor immediately.
Home treatment
Muscovites with common cold symptoms must self-isolate and be treated at home. These steps have been introduced by decree of the Moscow Mayor.

Patients with a mild case of COVID-19 are also treated at home. The Moscow Department of Healthcare has developed a scheme for providing such assistance.
What should I do if I share a flat with a coronavirus or common cold patient?
To avoid infecting other people, you must self-isolate for 14 days, that is a coronavirus incubation period.
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If a patient is being treated at home, you must self-isolate for the entire treatment period and extra 14 days after his or her recovery.
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If a patient is transferred to a hospital, you must observe self-isolation for 14 days from the last contact with the patient.
1
If a patient is being treated at home, you must self-isolate for the entire treatment period and extra 14 days after his or her recovery.
2
If a patient is transferred to a hospital, you must observe self-isolation for 14 days from the last contact with the patient.
If you share a flat with a common cold patient, you can go out only if you seek emergency medical care or if there is other direct threat to your life and health, to the nearest store or pharmacy, walk the dog or take out garbage.

Common cold patients can be potential virus carriers, so people caring for them must observe strict hygiene rules applicable to coronavirus patients:
Provide a separate room for the patient.
Air the flat on a regular basis.
Only one person without chronic diseases must contact the patient. He or she will help with everyday issues (for example, bring food or water), without entering the patient's room.
The patient must avoid contacting other household members as much as possible. You can only communicate if absolutely necessary, provided the patient is wearing a face mask.
Wear disposable gloves and a mask to touch the patient's belongings.
Wipe door handles and other frequently used items with disinfectants.
Provide a separate room for the patient.
Air the flat on a regular basis.
Only one person without chronic diseases must contact the patient. He or she will help with everyday issues (for example, bring food or water), without entering the patient's room.
The patient must avoid contacting other household members as much as possible. You can only communicate if absolutely necessary, provided the patient is wearing a face mask.
Wear disposable gloves and a mask to touch the patient's belongings.
Wipe door handles and other frequently used items with disinfectants.
When can coronavirus be treated at home?
If you do not develop severe symptoms of disease.
If your household members are not in the risk grou.
If you are not at risk (age over 65, chronic diseases, pregnancy.
If you have a separate room where you can be treated avoiding contact with other family members.
If you do not develop severe symptoms of disease.
If your household members are not in the risk grou.
If you are not at risk (age over 65, chronic diseases, pregnancy.
If you have a separate room where you can be treated avoiding contact with other family members.
It is up to your doctor to decide on treating a patient at home. Doctors will explain the patient's treatment conditions, including the need to download a mobile app that monitors a patient's compliance with home isolation.
It is up to your doctor to decide on treating a patient at home. Doctors will explain the patient's treatment conditions, including the need to download a mobile app that monitors a patient's compliance with home isolation.
You can be treated at any convenient place, not only at the place of registration, but you cannot leave this place after you have been COVID-19 diagnosed.
You can be treated at any convenient place, not only at the place of registration, but you cannot leave this place after you have been COVID-19 diagnosed.
How can I recover if there are no doctors around?
Doctors will monitor you 24/7. There is a special telemedicine centre arranged. Using audio and video online communication, doctors consult, examine a patient's condition and give advice.
Patients receive a self-monitoring checklist to record symptoms daily and discuss them with the doctor.
Doctors will give you all the necessary medication
Doctors will monitor you 24/7. There is a special telemedicine centre arranged. Using audio and video online communication, doctors consult, examine a patient's condition and give advice.
Patients receive a self-monitoring checklist to record symptoms daily and discuss them with the doctor.
Doctors will give you all the necessary medication
If you get worse, call an ambulance dialling 103.
f you get worse, call an ambulance dialling 103.
How can I be sure that coronavirus and common cold patients stay at home and do not go out?
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A confirmed coronavirus patient must sign an informed consent, in which he or she agrees not to violate self-isolation rules and comply with all the doctor's instructions.
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Self-isolation is monitored 24/7 via a mobile app. It regularly requires a coronavirus patient to be identified via a photo. If the program detects that a person is away from his or her smartphone, a notification will be sent to the emergency response centre, with the violator further transferred to the observation centre.
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Patients tested positive for coronavirus who leave their place of residence will be fined RUB 4,000-5,000 (Article 3.18.1 of the Moscow Administrative Offences Code). The same applies to common cold patients who have been issued an order by the Chief Medical Officer to observe self-isolation. If a violation of self-isolation rules results in mass disease or death of people, the guilty person is liable to prosecution of up to 7 years in prison (Article 236 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). This also applies to coronavirus patient's household members violating self-isolation rules.
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A confirmed coronavirus patient must sign an informed consent, in which he or she agrees not to violate self-isolation rules and comply with all the doctor's instructions.
2
Self-isolation is monitored 24/7 via a mobile app. It regularly requires a coronavirus patient to be identified via a photo. If the program detects that a person is away from his or her smartphone, a notification will be sent to the emergency response centre, with the violator further transferred to the observation centre.
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Patients tested positive for coronavirus who leave their place of residence will be fined RUB 4,000-5,000 (Article 3.18.1 of the Moscow Administrative Offences Code). The same applies to common cold patients who have been issued an order by the Chief Medical Officer to observe self-isolation. If a violation of self-isolation rules results in mass disease or death of people, the guilty person is liable to prosecution of up to 7 years in prison (Article 236 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). This also applies to coronavirus patient's household members violating self-isolation rules.
You stay at home in a familiar and comfortable environment, while receiving all the necessary medical care, with beds in hospitals provided to those who are at risk or suffer from severe coronavirus symptoms.
You stay at home in a familiar and comfortable environment, while receiving all the necessary medical care, with beds in hospitals provided to those who are at risk or suffer from severe coronavirus symptoms.
Coronavirus FAQ
Coronavirus: diagnostics and treatment
What protection and social measures have been introduced in Moscow?
Coronavirus: diagnostics and treatment

How long does it take for coronavirus symptoms to appear?
Symptoms may appear within 14 days after a contact with an infected person.
Are masks effective against infectious diseases?
Using a disposable medical mask reduces the risk of viral infections transmitted by airborne droplets (when coughing or sneezing). All patients with common cold must wear a mask and replace it several times a day.
What are possible complications caused by coronavirus?
The new coronavirus refers to acute respiratory viral infections (the common cold), so its complications may be the same as those of other respiratory diseases, including pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, and others.
Is the test for coronavirus taken optionally or when medically necessary?
Moscow residents can be tested for immunity to the coronavirus for free. All people, 18 and older, are entitled to free tests if they hold the mandatory medical insurance policy. Blood tests can be taken in all administrative districts of Moscow. These tests help identify those who have mild cases of the disease or who have already recovered from it. This will help predict the course of the pandemic and make decisions on lifting or maintaining restrictions.
How am I diagnosed and how long does it take? Is it true that it has three stages? What are they?
One test is not enough for a diagnosis. If a person does not have any common cold symptoms, he or she is tested twice. If there are any common cold symptoms, there will be at least three tests.
What is the body temperature to suspend an employee from work?
37°C is a valid reason to make your employee stay at home.
Is it true that one can be treated for coronavirus at home?
Many patients with confirmed COVID-19 do not have severe symptoms, so they can be treated at home. There is a special regulation in place for this purpose.

During the examination, the doctor checks a patient's condition. If there are severe symptoms or a patient belongs to the high-risk groups (age over 65, chronic diseases, pregnancy), this patient will be treated at the hospital. The doctor also checks the condition of those living with the patient. If someone of them is in the high-risk group, the patient is sent to the hospital to keep his or her family safe.

If a patient stays at home, he or she must sign an informed consent to comply with self-isolation and doctor's instructions. Besides, all the patient’s household members receive orders from the Moscow Chief State Medical Officer. They are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If a patient is treated at home, that means two weeks from patient's full recovery. If a patient is sent to the hospital, 14-day self-isolation starts from the day of the last contact with the infected person.
What precautions should I take if I share a household member of a COVID-19 patient?
The sick person and his or her household members must follow sanitary regulations. That is, the patient must live in a separate room. If it is impossible, the relatives must keep at least 1m away from the patient.

All rooms and the kitchen must be aired on a regular basis. Care for the patient must be assigned to a person without chronic diseases. Visiting patients is prohibited until full recovery.

Besides, you must wash your hands after any contact with the patient or surrounding items. Cover ventilation holes with an air-tight tissue, as it is essential to air the room in a natural way only.

How will the doctor keep in touch with me?
Doctors monitor patients treated at home using telemedicine technologies, that is audio and video communication. Qualified doctors provide 24/7 remote consulting, check health condition and give advice. Each patient is given a self-monitoring checklist to record their symptoms daily and discuss them with the doctor.

If your symptoms get worse suddenly, call an ambulance. Antiviral medications prescribed by a doctor will be delivered to the patient's home free of charge.

How much does it cost to stay at a hospital?
Medical care for all patients with suspected novel coronavirus infection is provided free of charge.

When are patients taken to a hospital with suspected COVID-19?
Patients are taken to a hospital in accordance with the Resolution of the Chief Medical Officer of the Russian Federation (No.5 'On Additional Steps to Reduce the Risks of Importation and Spread of a New Coronavirus Infection (2019-nCoV)' dd. 02.03.2020).

How are people treated while they are waiting for their test results? What medications do they take?
Treatment is prescribed by a doctor depending on the symptoms in accordance with Russian and international recommendations. Self-medication is prohibited.

How are rooms disinfected at hospitals with suspected coronavirus patients?
All areas of the hospital are disinfected at least twice a day with disinfectants and physical methods of disinfecting air and surfaces (germicidal lamps and air disinfectors).

Why are doctors allowed to leave the hospital although they have been in contact with patients?
Medical staff use personal protective equipment (masks, respirators, gloves and medical caps). At the end of each shift, they dispose of this equipment and undergo a full sanitary treatment (shower with detergents and disinfectants).

Can I use my phone while in isolation?
All hospital patients may use a mobile phone to contact their relatives at any time.

How do hospital patients get their meals?
For patients with suspected new coronavirus infection, meals are provided in accordance with medical regulations.

What precautions should be taken after discharge from the hospital?
After discharge, you must take the same precautions to prevent viral infections as healthy people: avoid mass gatherings of people, wash your hands, ventilate rooms, etc.

What protection and social measures have been introduced in Moscow?

How to cross the Russian border now in view of coronavirus?
Foreigners who need medical treatment in Russian medical facilities will be able to enter Russia. Citizens of other countries who have close relatives, guardians or trustees that need to be looked after will also be allowed to enter.
Is EMS ready for the COVID-19 situation?
Yes, it is. According to international experts, Moscow EMS is one of the most effective in the world. Today, EMS has a sufficient supply of personal protective equipment, including respirators, disposable gloves and glasses, various overalls and other protective equipment.

After transportation of each patient, regardless of whether they have signs of an infectious disease or not, the car interior and air are disinfected using bactericidal irradiators. After transporting patients to infectious hospitals, the ambulance gets fully sanitised.

The ambulance station has specialised infectious disease teams including highly qualified physicians that will ensure proper work in case of any infection outburst. There are also special bioboxes to transport patients with highly infectious diseases.
    Moscow hospitals do not have enough beds to admit patients with suspected coronavirus. Is it true?
    Hospitals will provide extra beds for coronavirus patients, if needed. Departments based on 72 federal, city and private clinics are being repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients. In total, there are 27,000 beds available. Another four Moscow hospitals have opened specials wings to treat patients with community-acquired pneumonia. A number of clinics being on standby will admit coronavirus patients, if needed.
    After we had been taken to the hospital with suspected coronavirus, a disinfection service came to our house. Is there any of the kind, really? Is disinfection mandatory?
    Yes, it is. If a person is suspected to have COVID-19, a dedicated service comes to the patient's home to disinfect the building.
    Who controls employers with regard to mandatory temperature taking and compliance with Mayor's decrees?
    Under the Moscow Code on Administrative Offences, violation entails administrative liability and a fine for executives of organisations.
    Steps to control the situation
    Moscow on alert
    1
    Moscow is returning to normal life.
    Self-isolation, transport passes and walking schedules are cancelled as of 9 June for those who have no flu symptoms or the coronavirus. Now people may leave home without restrictions, use public transit and visit public places. This applies to pensioners over 65 and people with chronic diseases.
    2
    People must wear masks when leaving the house and also wear gloves in public places, including on transport, at work, shops, railway stations and other railway infrastructure.
    Bike-sharing users must wear gloves regardless.
    3
    You must keep a distance of at least 1.5 m in the streets, in stores, transport and in other public places.
    The exception is taxi rides. This will reduce the spread of infection, since the virus is transmitted by airborne droplets.
    4
    On 23 June, the Moscow authorities plan to lift restrictions on the use of social infrastructure.
    So, people will be able to use the public swings, outdoor gym equipment and sit on benches. The dates for lifting restrictions may change depending on the epidemiological situation.
    Mandatory workplace requirements
    • People with a fever or flu symptoms must be barred from the workplace. After recovering from an illness, employees must present a temporary disability certificate or a doctor's note.
    • All employees will have their temperature taken when they arrive at work, and at least once every four hours.
    • Employees must wear gloves and masks, except when working in an office alone; providing a hand sanitizer is recommended.
    • Companies must ensure social distancing among employees and monitor their health. Separators must be installed if ensuring social distancing between work stations is impossible.
    • Industrial companies will have to test at least 10 percent of their staff for coronavirus by 31 May and carry out testing at the same rate every 15 days beginning 1 June.
    • If your employees live in an employer-provided dormitory and one person tests positive for the coronavirus, any employee who came in contact with the infected person must be isolated.

    The Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare will oversee compliance with these requirements.

    Public places

    1
    The majority of entities run by the municipality will return to full strength step-by-step until the end of June.
    The dates for lifting the restrictions may change depending on the spread of the coronavirus.
    2
    My Documents centres also reopened.
    They are offering services that cannot be obtained online on mos.ru or gosuslugi.ru. Appointments will be made prior to visits by going to mos.ru. Temperatures will be taken at the entrance of every centre and anybody with a fever will be banned from entering. Masks and gloves are obligatory. Social distancing should be observed with the help of the floor markings.
    3
    Hair salons and veterinary clinics are open as are public organisations and recruiting agencies.
    Restrictions on visiting cemeteries have been lifted. Film and sound recording studios, and research institutions are back to normal. Theatres, concert halls and circuses may hold rehearsals. Volunteers can visit animal shelters.
    4
    Benefit holders may use their right to free rides with social cards. Unused tickets for public transport may be restored starting 12 June.
    A ticket may be replaced if its owner made no more than 22 trips from 30 March to 14 June. Tickets can be replaced at metro and Mosgortrans cash windows.
    5
    Car-sharing is available as usual.
    6
    Dental clinics and companies involved in real estate, leasing, law, accounting, management consulting, advertising and market studies can open on 16 June.
    It will be possible to hold sports events as long as spectators do not exceed 10 percent of the full admission capacity of a sports facility. Outdoor areas at cafes can open as well as libraries (by appointment), museums, exhibition halls and zoos (visits on e-tickets). These organisations will be obliged to comply with restrictions on the number of visitors.
    7
    On 23 June: sports and recreation centres, fitness clubs and swimming pools will open.
    As will restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, buffets, bars, fast food restaurants and other public eating places, including those in parks will open their doors to visitors as well as spa and massage salons, sun lounges, bath-houses and saunas.

    Kindergartens, including private ones, will open on their usual schedules. Social welfare institutions will return to normal working hours. Libraries will be open to all visitors without appointment. Passenger navigation will resume on the Moskva River. It will be possible to take a ride on a riverboat.
    8
    Operating businesses must provide data about their type of activity, the number of employees who work from home and go to work, as well as other information, sending an e-mail to organization_size@mos.ru. If you have any questions, please call the hotline +7 (495) 870-72-98.

    Mandatory workplace requirements
    9
    In Moscow, street public events and indoor social activities with more than 50 people are banned.
    To keep the Muscovites healthy and prevent the spread of coronavirus, sports, entertainment, public and other mass gatherings, as well as indoor social activities with more than 50 people, are banned in Moscow.

    Treatment of COVID-19 patients

    1
    Muscovites who have recovered from COVID-19 and become immune to the disease will receive incentive payments for blood donated to other patients.
    Moscow residents who recover from COVID-19 and who develop immunity to this disease will be entitled to bonuses for donating blood to other patients and will be offered a free taxi ride to the blood bank. To donate blood, call +7 (495) 870-45-16 between 9 am and 7 pm. In the absence of a vaccine, transfusion of plasma with COVID-19 antibodies is regarded as one of the most effective treatment methods.
    2
    Built in Troitsky and Novomoskovsky Administrative Districts within a month, Infectious Diseases Hospital admits its first patients.
    3
    EMS is ready to visit infected patients.
    There is a COVID-19 combating centre opened. It manages over 100 EMS teams that visit patients with infectious diseases and those who arrived in Moscow from high-risk countries.
    4
    According to the Department of Healthcare, people with mild coronavirus symptoms may stay at home.
    COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms may stay at home, provided there is a separate room to avoid infecting other household members.

    The patient will be able to consult with doctors 24/7 without leaving home, thanks to the Telemedicine Centre of the Department of Healthcare. These patients will receive free antiviral medications as prescribed by their doctors.
    5
    Hospitals will provide extra beds for coronavirus patients, if needed.
    Departments based on 72 federal, city and private clinics are being repurposed to treat COVID-19 patients. In total, there are 27,000 beds available. Another four Moscow hospitals have opened specials wings to treat patients with community-acquired pneumonia. A number of clinics being on standby will admit coronavirus patients, if needed.
    6
    Doctors and other specialists involved in combating coronavirus will be provided free antiviral medicines and regional and federal bonuses.
    This benefit also covers healthcare institution staff working with coronavirus patients under outsourcing arrangements, as well as the staff of city-operated outpatient clinics, ambulances and laboratories working with coronavirus patients. Students operating in coronavirus hospitals as interns will also be entitled to bonuses.
    7
    Healthcare workers of coronavirus hospitals will stay in Moscow hotels and take a taxi to get to work and back free of charge.
    The services will be paid for from the city budget. This will protect family members of healthcare workers who help combat the spread of COVID-19.

    Prevention of infection

    1
    Outside
    Utility service providers disinfect public spaces. Roadways, sidewalks, parking lots, courtyards, and driveways are treated with disinfectants.
    2
    In a store
    Stores, pharmacies, and other organisations with many people gathering are required to ensure 1.5 m social distancing, make special floor marks, and establish a special regime of entering buildings and surrounding areas to avoid crowding.
    3
    In public transport
    Public transport is regularly wet-cleaned, especially handrails, turnstiles, and other parts passengers usually touch. Ticket vending machines in the metro are wiped every hour. Entrances to the Moscow metro have now special appliances to take passengers' temperature.

    Transport personnel who frequently contacts passengers, including taxi drivers, are provided disinfectants and gloves. Since drivers do not sell tickets in buses, trolleybuses, trams, and e-buses, passengers are to make contactless payments.

    Social support

    1
    For greater comfort, noise regulations have been stepped up in residential buildings.
    Many people are working from home now. Renovations can only be done from 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm on weekdays so as not to disturb the neighbours.
    2
    Muscovites who stay at home and do not use public transport will have their travel cards extended.
    To add extra days, contact a ticket office, a metro inquiry office or Mosgortrans kiosks. To check the ticket period, please call: +7 (495) 539-54-54 or 3210 (mobile).
    3
    The unemployed will shortly begin receiving monthly child support benefits in the amount of 3,000 roubles.
    This money will supplement the federal and regional unemployment benefits. Benefits for low-income families with children aged 3 to 7 have been raised in Moscow to 7,613 roubles per month. This amount will continue to be paid after the coronavirus pandemic is over.
    4
    Homeowners are exempt from overhaul payments.
    Overhaul payments are cancelled for three months — 1 April through 30 June. At the request of Muscovites, there will be no new repairs launched, for people to feel more comfortable in self-isolation, without annoying noise. Any works already underway will be suspended.
    5
    Regional compensation payment is being introduced to support the unemployed in Moscow.
    Each month, the unemployed will receive RUB 19,500, provided they have worked at least 60 days that this year and lost their jobs for a reason other than labour misconduct.
    6
    There is an online monitoring of inventory balances and prices in the retail chain arranged in Moscow.

    The necessary provisions have been made to ensure an ongoing goods supply to stores.

    Business support

    1
    Moscow administration will keep providing all the approved benefits for Moscow's businesses that had been in effect before the restrictions were applied to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    And the support system, comprising three sets of measures with total available funding of 85 billion roubles, was urgently worked out to help Moscow entrepreneurs.
    2
    The city of Moscow has launched a service for automatic selection of effective federal and municipal support measures for people and entrepreneurs.
    3
    Several dozen Moscow universities, sectoral institutions, commercial companies and other platforms are prepared to make their infrastructure available for the pilot testing of innovatory products in real or true to life conditions. Applications can be filed at: i.moscow.
    4
    SMEs will receive subsidies to pay the interest rate on previously taken loans regardless of the type of their business.
    5
    Cinemas, supplementary education facilities, health resorts and recreation centres, organisers of exhibitions and conferences will enjoy a deferred property and land tax.
    Also, some city real estate lessees are exempt from rental payment. Owners of premises that have reduced the rental rate for their lessees will receive public support.
    6
    Some 3,300 entrepreneurs who have entered into contracts to buy real estate from the city administration will be offered a deferred payment.
    7
    Support efforts have been introduced for trade, catering, consumer services and hospitality businesses.
    8
    Developers leasing land for the construction of big investment projects will enjoy deferred lease payments.
    This will enable them to resume construction with minor losses after the lockdown is over.
    9
    Healthcare facilities will be provided preferential loans.
    Also, 1% loans of up to RUB 500 million for two years will be available to companies producing medical equipment designed to diagnose epidemic diseases, individual protective equipment, medicines and other medical products. Applications from companies will be processed on an expedited basis.
    10
    Any implications of quarantine are officially considered a force majeure event.

    If the disease control steps introduced have prevented citizens or businesses from fulfilling their obligations, this is considered a force majeure event, as stipulated in the Moscow Mayor's decree. These measures reduce formal legal pressure on businesses and citizens and enable them to review the terms of their contracts and agreements.

    The situation is under Moscow Mayor's personal control.

    In Russia

    1
    A special procedure for payment and registration of sick leaves for people under self-isolation due to coronavirus has been introduced.
    The Prime Minister of Russia has ordered to introduce a special procedure for paying for sick leaves issued to people under self-isolation due to coronavirus.
    2
    All residents of Russia will be exempt from fines for outstanding utility bills (gas, electricity, heat and water consumption, sewage and household waste removal).
    Utility services will be provided despite any debts. There will also be no penalties for late payments for major repairs. The grace period will last until 1 January 2021. Low-income families will be entitled to subsidies to pay utility bills without further confirmation until 1 October 2020.
    3
    Non-compliance with self-isolation entails liability.
    By Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No.66 dd. 31.01.2020, coronavirus infection is included in the list of diseases that pose a threat to other people. Non-compliance with the regime entails liability, including criminal liability and up to 5 years of prison (Article 236 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). Prime Minister of Russia instructed the Ministry of Communications to introduce a system for tracking citizens who came into contact with those infected with COVID-19.

    Compliance with self-isolation in Moscow is monitored via the CCTV system.
    4
    All Russian borders are closed.

    Starting 30 March, traffic has been temporarily restricted through road, rail, pedestrian, river and mixed checkpoints on the Russian state border, as well as through the land section of the Russian-Belarusian state border. But foreigners who need medical treatment in Russian medical facilities will be able to enter Russia. Citizens of other countries who have close relatives, guardians or trustees that need to be looked after will also be allowed to enter.
    5
    The governments of Russia and Moscow have created a single COVID-19 Information Centre.

    The Centre provides complete and reliable information about the spread of coronavirus in Russia and steps to combat the infection, prepares response measures for the authorities to provide, refutes fake information, and transmits recommendations to the regions based on positive experience in combating COVID-19 in Moscow.

    Learn more about the efforts made by the Russian Government to combat the spread of coronavirus here.
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