Putin cancels non-working days as Russia nears end of quarantine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the regime of non-working days in Russia will end on May 12. Restrictive measures are being cancelled for all sectors of the economy, reports the press service of Putin.

A regime of non-working days has been introduced in Russia to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Vladimir Putin recalled that the regime had lasted six weeks since March 30.

“This extraordinary measure allowed slowing down the spread of the epidemic,” said Putin.

Initially, the days from March 30 to April 5 were declared non-working with the preservation of wages. Putin then extended them until April 30 and May 11. Since May 12, the regime has been lifted, but some restrictions will remain.

“My dears, I understand how difficult it is for you to be at home all the time, often away from your children and grandchildren. But now we have to be patient. These are not empty words, this is a matter of life and death. The regime of restrictions is still in place, because we are worried about you and we are doing everything possible to protect you from the threat of the virus, so that this danger will pass faster,” added Vladimir Putin, addressing senior citizens.

In Russia, 221,344 coronavirus cases have been reported, with 2,009 people falling victim to the virus.