President Vladimir Putin approved the establishment of non-working days from October 30 to November 7 “in order to prevent further spread of a new coronavirus infection. The day before, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova had proposed this measure.
The decree explained that the days off would be introduced with the employees retaining their salaries. The president also left it up to regional heads to introduce additional “days off” from October 23 or extend the holiday period beyond November 7. It is not yet known whether acting governor Alexander Avdeev will exercise this right.
Moscow authorities do not rule out the possibility of introducing a full lockdown during a non-working week, reports “Kommersant. It is also possible that other regions will follow the example of the capital, as has repeatedly happened with the introduction of certain restrictive measures in 2020.
At present, there is an increase in the registered incidence of coronavirus in the Vladimir region. By October 20, 297 new cases had been detected in the region in one day, 67 of which were in the regional center. This is an absolute record for the entire period of observation. The number of occupied coronavirus beds is also growing, with the health care system operating at full capacity.
Earlier, Tatiana Danilova, the region’s chief sanitary doctor, signed a decree to raise the proportion of compulsory vaccinated citizens working in a number of areas to 80% by mid-December. The Acting Governor Alexander Avdeev postponed for two weeks the ban on visiting public catering and service establishments without QR-codes and PCR-tests, but announced the introduction of restrictions of a different kind, dictated by the severe epidemiological situation.