MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Moscow authorities do not plan to close restaurants and stores, first deputy head of the Moscow mayor’s office, head of the department of trade and services Alexei Nemeryuk told the Russia-24 TV channel on Tuesday.
“Still, we hope to avoid a lockdown. < …> Both stores and restaurants are open in Moscow. There are no factors of any kind for a total shutdown,” he said,
The official noted that he cannot say precisely whether the restaurants will be allowed to remain open until 03:00 on New Year’s Eve, as it was done in a number of regions. “Let’s observe [the situation]. So far we have a complete ban on remaining open on New Year’s Eve, so at 11 o’clock in the evening all public dining enterprises should thank their clients, wish them a happy New Year and send them home to ring in the New Year,” he explained.