Moscow to reopen schools as daily cases fall
Moscow on Thursday said it would reopen schools and universities next week, in the latest lifting of coronavirus restrictions as the number of new daily infections in the Russian capital fell to 568.
Moscow, which has overall recorded more than 227,000 cases of the virus, last month lifted a lockdown in place since March and has staggered the reopening of businesses and the lifting of other restrictions.
Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow’s mayor, said on Thursday the outbreak was waning in the city and it was time to further ease restrictions.
He said schools, universities, summer camps, and cultural centers could reopen starting next week.
At the same time, residents of the city of nearly 13 million will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors, he said.
But masks will remain mandatory in shops, medical facilities and on Moscow’s sprawling public transport network.
Muscovites can also return to theatres, cinemas, concert halls, and sporting venues starting next month, as long as they don’t occupy more than half of a given venue’s capacity.