Moscow and Moscow region lift mandatory wearing of masks

Moscow and Moscow region lift mandatory wearing of masks

Masks and mandatory anti-COVID measures for enterprises and organizations, based on the Moscow mayor’s earlier decree, are set to be abolished in the Russian capital starting from March 15, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on his blog on Tuesday.

"The stable improvement of the epidemiological situation allows us to make a long-awaited decision. As of Tuesday, March 15, 2022, we are abolishing the requirement to use protective masks. In addition, mandatory anti-COVID measures for enterprises and organizations, established by a decree of the mayor of Moscow, are abolished: regular measurement of the workers’ body temperature, installation of separation partitions at workplaces, and so forth. Under the current circumstances, this decision will also support business, already experiencing serious sanctions pressure," the mayor wrote.

Mandatory wearing of masks and observance of social distancing on public transport and in shops have been canceled in the Moscow region, the press service of the governor of the Moscow region said on Telegram channel on Tuesday.

"The following restrictions have been lifted in the Moscow region: wearing of masks ceases to be compulsory; mandatory social distancing on public transport, in shops and other public places, enterprises and organizations are canceled; inspections by the authorities of the Moscow region and Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) for compliance with COVID-related recommendations are stopped," the statement said.

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