Face masks made mandatory in Russia’s Khabarovsk to prevent coronavirus spread

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7 February 2020

Khabarovsk has made the wearing of face masks obligatory to fight the spike in respiratory diseases and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the city administration said Friday, APA reports citing TASS.

"This decision has been made by the city commission on the prevention and liquidation of emergencies. Wearing filter masks is obligatory for transport, retail, and bank employees, teachers, doctors and everyone who comes in contact with large numbers of people every day," the message says, adding that wearing masks outdoors is not required. Masks are only mandatory indoors and must be changed every two hours.

The city is also curtailing mass events in social, medical, educational, commercial, services and catering organizations.
"These compulsory measures are caused by a spike in the seasonal flu and common cold in Khabarovsk, as well as to prevent the coronavirus, should the infection permeate into the city," said Tatiana Skorik, Deputy Chairwoman of the city administration’s Health, Fitness and Sports Department.