"We are imposing additional self-isolation measures on the metro, there will be stricter requirements now. They include mandatory face masks and gloves on public transport. Other requirements, digital passes for example, remain in force," Sobyanin noted.
Sobyanin noted that when enterprises and construction sites reopen, the public service vehicles will inevitably have many more passengers, and it will be more difficult to observe the social distancing rules. According to him, research has shown that the possibility of contracting the novel coronavirus in shops is real. The use of masks and gloves will be a reasonable precaution and insurance against any new outbreak of the disease.
"From May 12, the use of masks, respiratory protection masks or other means to protect the respiratory system, as well as gloves will be compulsory in shops, shopping centers, as well as for trips on any kind of public transport and in taxis," Sobyanin wrote in his blog.
The self-isolation period is extended in the capital until May 31 although the authorities will begin easing coronavirus restrictions on May 12. All public services, trade, educational, cultural and sports facilities will remain closed, Sergei Sobyanin said.
"The temporary restrictions on the work of trade, public catering, service-rendering, cultural, educational and sports facilities, as well as citizens’ self-isolation will be extended until May 31, 2020," the mayor wrote.
Sobyanin noted that it was too early to reopen restaurants, theaters and sports facilities.
As part of the first stage of lifting the restrictions, industrial enterprises and construction companies will reopen on May 13 provided they abide by sanitary requirements. "Only workers whose presence in workshops, offices and on construction sites is essential will be allowed to return to work," Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin pointed out. In addition, employers will have to ensure social distancing and randomly test their workers for the coronavirus. All employees will need to wear protective masks and gloves.
To date, a total of 177,160 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 23,803 patients having recovered from the virus. Russia’s latest data indicates 1,625 fatalities nationwide. Moscow accounts for the majority of cases (92,676) and deaths (905). Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.