As of 5 March 2020, Moscow has announced a high-alert regime to prevent the spread of COVID-19.1
All employees who return from China, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Spain and other states who display possible "unfavorable" signs of COVID-192 should:
- Self-isolate at home for 14 days, i.e., do not go to work and limit visits to public places.
- Upon return from these states, report to the Moscow city hotline (+7 495 870 45 09).
- If the first symptoms of the disease appear, seek medical help at home without going to any medical facilities.
All employers operating in Moscow are obliged to:
- Check the body temperature of all employees and remove those with an elevated temperature from work.
- Ensure that employees comply with the self-isolation regime.
- Upon receipt of a request from Rospotrebnadzor in Moscow, immediately provide information on all work contact of an employee suffering from COVID-19, as well as disinfect the premises where the employee was located
Actions to consider
Companies - employers operating in Moscow must faithfully comply with all of the requirements aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. In order to more effectively comply with the requirements of the above high-alert regime, Moscow employers may consider to reach agreement with employees on a temporary switch to work from home/distant work basing on a relevant local policy.
Consequences of violation
In cases companies fail to comply with mandatory rules of sanitary and epidemiological safety, they may be administratively prosecuted with a fine of up to 30,000 rubles (approx. USD 450). In cases of a repeated or a gross violation relevant regulatory authorities may even suspend business activities of a company for up to 90 days.3
1 Decree of the Mayor of Moscow of 5 March 2020 No. 12-UM "On the introduction of high alert regime."
2 The list of COVID-19-dangerous countries is to be set out by Rospotrebnadzor. The current list circulated by the Moscow City Division of Rospotrebnadzor includes, in addition to those referred to in the Decree of the Mayor of March 5, 2020 also Norway, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.
3 Articles 6.3, 6.4 and 6,5 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation No. 195-FZ of 30 December 2001