Sumary of Moscow lifts dining restrictions; Russia hits record deaths:
- MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Moscow on Friday canceled their order that restaurants only admit customers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from the virus or have had a recent negative test.The softening of restrictions in the Russian capital reflects their devastating impact on restaurant owners, who pleaded with city officials for weeks to rescind them.
- The decision comes even as Moscow is still experiencing a surge in infections and Russia overall registered a new daily record of coronavirus deaths Friday.The move announced by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin takes effect Monday.
- Outdoor terraces were allowed to operate without restrictions, but many restaurants and cafes didn’t have room to set them up on Moscow’s narrow sidewalks.
- ADVERTISEMENTSobyanin said the city reversed the decision because the pace of contagion has slowed.
- Starting Monday, Moscow restaurants and clubs will be able to open at night and hold parties and concerts.He noted, however, that “we must understand that we are still in the risk zone, the contagion is continuing and we need to observe sanitary demands and conduct mass vaccination.”Some Russian media speculated the decision to abruptly lift the restrictions in Moscow reflected authorities’ concerns that the tough measures could fuel discontent and further erode support for the main Kremlin party, United Russia, in September’s parliamentary election.Sobyanin’s statement came as Russia registered a fourth straight day of record-high daily COVID-19 deaths, with the authorities reporting 799 fatalities, including 105 in Moscow.
- Daily new infections in Russia have soared from around 9,000 in early June to more than 25,000 now and daily fatalities have been topping 700 since last week.On Friday, officials reported 25,704 new coronavirus cases, including 5,382 in Moscow.