PM orders to cancel bookings at Russian health resorts, close food services

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 25, 2020: Russia's Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during a meeting on the development of the Russian electronics industry and additional supporting measures. Dmitry Astakhov/POOL/TASS. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MOSCOW, Mar 27, 2020, TASS. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has ordered to temporarily suspend accommodation at health resorts and the work of resort facilities as well as food services as a measure to fight the coronavirus, TASS reported.

“The federal state bodies <...> have been ordered to temporarily suspend bookings, hosting and accommodating citizens at recreation centers, health resorts and sanatoriums from March 28, 2020 until June 1, 2020,” the decree published on the government’s website said.

The executive bodies in Russian regions have been asked to suspend ski slopes, mass recreation facilities located in the resorts of federal, regional and local importance.

The food services organizations, except for distance selling, will be shut down from March 28 until April 5.

The prime minister has also ordered regional authorities to recommend citizens to limit trips, including for the purposes of tourism and rest.

In late December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus – named COVID-19 by the WHO – have been reported in more than 150 countries.

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