The capital's authorities have decided to start the heating season ahead of schedule, said Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. “From tomorrow, almost 2 million elderly and chronically ill Muscovites should stay at home. Most of them are in the city (…). To make the stay at home as comfortable as possible, I decided to start the heating season ahead of schedule. On Monday, heat will begin to flow into residential buildings, “Sobyanin wrote on his website on Sunday.
The mayor recalled that many pensioners live in dachas or are going to leave the city in the near future. “The weather is getting colder and it is necessary to heat the dachas, for this we are resuming the program of delivering firewood to dacha and garden plots at discounted prices,” the head of the capital stressed. According to him, from March to July, 32 thousand Muscovite summer residents took advantage of this opportunity.
Residents of the capital over 65 years old and citizens of any age suffering from chronic diseases must stay at home from Monday, the corresponding decree was signed earlier by Sobyanin. “This measure will protect the people most vulnerable to the virus,” the mayor explained. The Moscow authorities clarified that the imposed restrictions are advisory in nature, they will not be punished or fined for leaving the house. In addition, working Muscovites 65+ and people with chronic diseases have been advised to switch to “remote work” or take a vacation from Monday.