Moscow extends COVID-19 restrictions, closes Euro 2020 fan zones

A general view of the centre of Moscow in the dusk, shot from an airplane flying over the city, Russia June 2, 2021. Picture taken June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW, June 18 (Reuters) - The Russian capital Moscow will extend COVID-19 restrictions imposed this week until June 29, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Friday, after a surge in daily cases.

The measures include bans on public events with more than 1,000 people, shutting cafes and restaurants at night, and closing soccer fan zones set up for the European Championship, Sobyanin said on his blog.

The mayor said this week Moscow was facing a new, more aggressive and infectious coronavirus variant. read more

His office has this month ordered mandatory vaccinations for a number of service workers in the city and declared this week a non-working week. Businesses will return to work on Monday, Sobyanin said.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alison Williams

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