In an ‘unprecedented’ move to fight the spread of Coronavirus, Moscow has decided to close down its cafes, shops, parks, and other non-essential services for a week starting this Saturday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had already announced a non-working week starting from March 28 to April 5 to keep Russians at home. But the measures imposed by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin take the president’s measures a step further.
Sobyanin previously had ordered Muscovites aged over 65 to stay home starting Thursday, however, he hasn’t yet ordered a strict quarantine.
The closures announced Thursday “are not a holiday, it is a serious measure to prevent COVID-19,” the mayor said in a statement on his website.