Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has demanded similar preparations from the regional authorities, and Moscow imposed a blockade on Monday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobiansen suddenly announced the implementation of strict new rules on Sunday evening, coinciding with the beginning of a week of “no work” announced last week by President Vladimir Putin.
Europe’s largest city has announced strict new quarantine measures, after many Moscow residents refused to take official advice and quarantined themselves over the weekend, instead going to the park to barbecue.
Monday, after all the non-essential shops (including restaurants and cafes) closed, Moscow’s streets were empty, but traffic could still be seen on the city center roads.
“I ask regional heads to work on the introduction of quarantines similar to the one introduced in Moscow,” Mishustin said at a government meeting.
In a rare speech on television on Wednesday, Putin announced that the Russians will not have to work this week, but will still be paid.
To date, the country has reported 1,534 cases of coronavirus, 8 of which have died and more than 1,000 have been infected in the capital.
The new restrictions apply to all city residents, regardless of their age.
Moscow is only allowed to leave its home, work as essential, and buy food or medicine in emergency situations.
People are allowed to bring trash and walk dogs within 100 meters (330 feet) of their home.
The new quarantine regulations will be overseen by Moscow’s comprehensive facial recognition camera system and will come into effect when Russia closes its borders to some of the increasingly stringent measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.