December 2, 2021

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Unvaccinated elderly and chronically ill are isolated in Moscow until February 25

The epidemiological situation in Moscow worsened in the fall, as the daily increase in the number of infected people approached the highest numbers ever recorded during the epidemic.

Older people over the age of 60 with chronic diseases have been ordered in Moscow to self-isolate from Monday to February 25 next year. This procedure applies to people who have not been fully vaccinated and have not contracted COVID-19. It was adopted last weekend due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the Russian capital.

Unvaccinated and chronically ill elderly people should stay at home, but they are allowed to walk and exercise in the fresh air, as well as visit the doctor or go shopping.

On Monday, Interfax reported that the decree, signed by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, stipulates that working elderly people can ask a doctor to issue a certificate of inability to work or work from home.

The epidemiological situation in Moscow worsened in the fall, as the daily increase in the number of infected people approached the highest numbers ever recorded during the pandemic in the first half of October.

Interfax added that a third of companies in Moscow requested a home office or remote work for their employees from Monday to four months.

In a decree, the Moscow Mayor’s Office recommended transferring unvaccinated employees of pre-retirement age, those who have not passed Covid, and people who are especially at risk to their health, to telework.

Work-from-home exceptions can only be claimed by employees whose workplace presence is “absolutely essential” to the organization’s operation, as well as full vaccinations and those who have overcome the virus.

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The relevant federal authorities recommended that other regions of the Russian Federation take similar measures as they have been in Moscow since Monday regarding unvaccinated elderly people.