Moscow cancels QR code for visiting bars and restaurants

From 19 July Moscow residents will no longer have to present a QR code demonstrating they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have immunity in order to sit inside cafes, restaurants and bars, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Friday cited by Reuters. The measure was in force since 28 June.

Russia is still in the grip of a surge in cases that authorities have said is due to the more contagious Delta variant and the slow rate of vaccinations. But speaking on state television, Sobyanin said the situation had improved and the rate of vaccination had sped up in the capital, meaning the restriction could therefore be relaxed.

"Starting from the 19th, we are cancelling mandatory QR codes in eateries," Sobyanin said. "This is an important decision, I had a lot of appeals from businesses and public organisations." The relaxation will also apply to restaurants in the wider Moscow region, news agencies cited the regional governor as saying, and restaurant owners will be free to decide whether or not they check customers' QR codes.

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