The Mayor of Moscow has issued two decrees dated 10 April and 11 April 2020, temporarily suspending in-person activity at most businesses and introducing digital pass control to enforce the COVID-19 lockdown within the city of Moscow. The Governor of the Moscow Region issued resolutions on the same dates introducing similar measures within the broader Moscow Region.
Suspension of business activity
From 13 April to 19 April 2020, in Moscow and the Moscow Region, in-person visits to most businesses is suspended. The full list of the areas and businesses is set out in the Mayor’s decree and the Governor’s resolution. Exceptions are made only for persons who:
In Moscow and the Moscow Region, business activity is suspended in the following areas:
The above restrictions do not apply to:
Subject to the coordination of the work regime with the federal Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Moscow government, exceptions may also be made for:
Organisations that continue working must minimise the need for employees to be physically present to carry out the relevant activities, in accordance with technological features.
Digital lockdown pass system
The Mayor and the Governor have also issued decrees implementing a digital pass system for movement by personal and public transport in Moscow and the Moscow Region. From 15 April, such movement is possible only with a digital pass or an official identification card (e.g. a military identification card or a personal security card).
Digital passes can be either for one day (e.g. for visiting a medical provider), or without restrictions on the number of trips for performing employment duties or providing services (performing works) under civil law contracts.
Employers should bear in mind that:
The digital pass issued in the city of Moscow is also valid in the Moscow Region. Accordingly, the pass issued in the Moscow Region may be used for travelling on routes involving a visit to Moscow.