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Moscow to shut cafes, shops in unprecedented virus measure

Moscow will close cafes, shops, parks and other non-essential services for one week starting Saturday, its mayor said on Thursday, in an unprecedented move to fight the spread of coronavirus. President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced a non-working week from March 28 to April 5 to keep Russians at home. But the measures imposed by Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin take the president s measures a step further. Sobyanin had already ordered Muscovites aged over 65 to stay home starting Thursday, but stopped short of ordering a strict quarantine. The closures announced Thursday are not a holiday, it is a serious measure to prevent COVID-19, the mayor said in a statement on his website. All cafes and restaurants must stop admitting customers and may only deliver food or prepare orders to go, according to the decree. Stores selling non-essential items must close, as well as beauty salons and spas. Moscow s parks will also shut. The mayor first hinted at the new measures in a televised ..

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