Balancing act: Moscow lifts certain restrictions and prolongs quarantine measures at the same time


On May 27, the Moscow Mayor adopted amendments to the Decree “On Introduction of a High Alert Regime.” The self-isolation requirement and the corresponding restrictions in Moscow have been extended until June 14, 2020.

However, the Moscow authorities initiated the second stage of easing the restrictions that will begin June 1.

Among them we would like to highlight the following:

  • The operation of some retail facilities (auto dealerships, weekend fairs, non-food stores), as well as the provision of household services (shoe and clothes repair, dry cleaning) will be allowed. Entrepreneurs in these spheres must ensure proper disinfection of premises and conditions for the social distance of visitors.
  • Advocates are now again allowed to visit premises, buildings, and facilities necessary to conduct  their work.
  • Citizens will be able to leave their homes from 5 till 9 a.m. for doing sports and from 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. for walking within a radius of 2 kilometers from their place of residence (temporary stay). City parks and squares will be open for free access. At the same time, everyone should maintain social distance and use individual means of protection (masks, respirators and gloves) on any premises and public transport.

Citizens will be able to go out according to the schedule. For this purpose it is required to enter the address of residence (temporary stay) in Moscow on the site or Yandex.Maps. The service will show days for walking and mark a zone within a radius of 2 kilometers.

When using a vehicle, it is still required to obtain a digital pass.

The exceptions from these new rules remain for those citizens who have visited areas with registered cases of new coronavirus infection within the past two weeks, have coronavirus infection (or live with such persons), or have suspected coronavirus or other acute respiratory viral infection.

  • The city bike rental will resume. When using a bicycle, citizens are required to wear gloves and, at the end of the trip, disinfect all surfaces.