Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree establishing that the spread of coronavirus is an extraordinary and inevitable circumstance. The corresponding decree is published on the website of the mayor.
As of March 16, 2020, in connection with the epidemiological situation in Moscow and the Moscow Region, the following measures had been taken:
- the international tourism exhibition "Intourmarket-2020" was held in full scale (March 12 - 14, 2020). All the stands of the participants worked, but there were very few visitors at the exhibition.
- the international Moscow tourism exhibition MITT-2020 (March 17-19, 2020) was canceled by order of the authorities.
- as of March 16, 2020, nine new infections were detected in Moscow. Thus, the total number of infected in the capital is 33 people. This was reported in the operational headquarters.
Among the sick, there are children who attended schools. All their classes are now in quarantine. Adult patients did not go to work.
- Moscow schools introduced free attendance from Monday. The mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, announced this on his personal website on March 16.
- On Sunday, 52 patients were discharged from the Moscow hospital in Kommunarka after quarantine. This was stated by an infectious disease specialist Ilya Kovalev, who works in a medical facility.
- March 12, 2020 Russia introduced restrictions on flights to European countries: France, Italy, Spain and Germany. Many Russian airlines have reduced or canceled flights to countries such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy. Only Aeroflot flies to China and back. Aeroflot and Mahan Air fly to Iran.
- On March 16, 2020, the operational headquarters of the Russian Federation decided to limit air communication between Russia and all countries of the European Union. Since March 16, the list of countries with which air travel is limited has been expanded: Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Cyprus, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Norway, Poland, Finland , France, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia.
- the Russian Railways have announced the termination of international trains with Latvia starting March 15, and with Ukraine and Moldova on March 17.
According to experts, due to the huge international traffic, in a special risk zone are the residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg. There is a significant shortage of medical masks in pharmacies in Moscow amid the rush demand. In other cities of Russia, the situation is calm.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.