Masks and other restrictions not canceled in Tatarstan — RealnoeVremya.com
No decline in incidence in Tatarstan
The cancellation of masks is not discussed in Tatarstan. Tatarstan’s Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Republican coronavirus task force Leyla Fazleyeva told Realnoe Vremya.
According to her, the compulsory masks can be canceled in the event of a drop in the incidence, which is not seen in the republic at the moment. Therefore, the cancellation of other restrictions is also not discussed.
As Realnoe Vremya explained in the press service of the Russian watchdog for consumer rights protection in Tatarstan, masks remain compulsory throughout Russia according to the decree of the chief sanitary doctor Anna Popova. In Tatarstan, it is regulated by a decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of the republic.
At the same time, some Russian regions have already canceled mandatory masks, leaving the mask regime as a recommendation. For example, thanks to an improved epidemiological situation, it was canceled in Moscow, Moscow Oblast and some other Russian regions.
Activists tried to cancel mandatory masks in Tatarstan in court, however, last April the Supreme Court of the republic left their claim unfulfilled. The judge heard from a representative of the watchdog that these standards were introduced at the federal level and did not violate citizens’ rights.
According to the chief visiting therapist of the Ministry of Health of Tatarstan, Diana Abdulganiyeva, a slow decline in herd immunity against the coronavirus is now observed in the republic – the decrease is 0.5% to 1% per week.
Data from the watchdog indicates that herd immunity in Tatarstan is around 45-46%.
What coronavirus restrictions were and are in effect
Now masks in Tatarstan are one of the most serious restrictions. Compulsory QR code verification in public transport was in force in the republic before February 19. Violators were either forced off or fined.
Also, Tatarstan had restrictions on the operation of food establishments. In particular, they were prohibited from working from midnight to 6 a.m. Later, this requirement was relaxed and canceled in March 2022.
A number of other restrictions are still in place with the mask regime in Tatarstan. For example, nightclub activity has been suspended since March 26, 2020. Open-air dance clubs with no more than 200 people are an exception. Hookah lounges have also been suspended since March 19, 2020.
In addition, mass events with citizens have been banned in the republic since April 28, 2022.