In 26 regions of Russia, you will need a QR code to visit cultural and entertainment events. In 22 regions, it will be necessary to present it to visit places of public catering. This was announced on October 12 by the head of Rospotrebnadzor of the Russian Federation Anna Popova.
QR codes with information about vaccination against coronavirus or transferred COVID-19 must be presented when visiting cinemas, theaters, exhibitions, gyms, swimming pools, beauty salons and other places. In some regions, it is allowed to present a PCR test.
In addition, measures have been taken in the regions to stimulate vaccination.
“And in order to increase vaccination coverage in 38 regions, resolutions have been adopted <...> on attracting categories of citizens who are decreed categories, have great contact with people, with consumers of various services,” for vaccination, Popova said at a meeting of the Presidium of the Coordination Council under the Government of the Russian Federation to combat the spread of the new coronavirus infection.
Due to the complication of the epidemiological situation in 25 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, 605 schools were closed. Students were transferred to a distance learning format. Also, 117 kindergartens in 22 regions of the country were closed, Popova added.
Earlier that day, Popova reported an increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in Russia for four weeks in a row. An upward trend is recorded in all federal districts of the Russian Federation, but “33% of all cases over the past week are in the capital region and St. Petersburg,” she said.
A day earlier, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said that the high mortality rate from COVID-19 is due to the low level of vaccination of the population. He noted that in the regions they are beginning to take more stringent measures than in Moscow, but the main task remains to act in the middle between the task of stopping the epidemic and the continuation of the economy.
Peskov also called it unrealistic to introduce fines for refusing to vaccinate. According to him, such measures “contradict the social character of the Russian state.”
A large-scale vaccination has been taking place in the Russian Federation since January. Citizens are vaccinated free of charge and voluntarily. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, which became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites stopcoronavirus.rf and access to all.rf, as well as the hashtag #WeWe areTogether. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.