Putin may extend non-working days for Russians today

Putin may extend non-working days for Russians today

Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting today to discuss the situation with the spread of coronavirus, and the possibility of extending non-working days, the Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Tomorrow, the President has a scheduled meeting on the situation," said Peskov, when answering the question whether the extension of non-working days will be discussed.

At a meeting with regional leaders on April 28, President Putin announced the decision to extend the period of non-working days in the country until May 11. Then he announced the need to begin preparations for a return to normalcy and instructed to prepare recommendations in order to gradually remove restrictive measures starting on May 12, TASS reported.

The head of the consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said at a meeting with President Putin on May 6, that the department has prepared recommendations for lifting restrictive measures, which will take place in three stages. At the first stage, it is proposed to allow the operation of various trade and services of a limited area and with the observance of social distances, at the second - to open trade and services of a larger area, but with a limited number of simultaneous visitors, and at the third, it is proposed to allow all enterprises to go back to work.

At that time, President Putin noted that depending on the epidemic situation in the regions, "somewhere tough, justified preventive measures need to be maintained or even supplemented, and somewhere it is possible to plan for their specific, justified mitigation", but this should be done "only relying on the opinion of scientists, specialists and taking into account all factors and possible risks."

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