Russia's ‘non-working’ days are over: enterprises to resume work in essential sectors of the economy
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Russia initially introduced a period of paid ‘non-working’ days from March 30 to April 5. President Putin later extended them until April 30, and then again until May 11.
As of May 12, the non-working period imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus has ended for the entire economy, but the fight against the epidemic is not over. The high-alert regime will be maintained for people over 65 years old and for people with chronic illnesses.
President Vladimir Putin said that the regional leaders will decide how and in what order to soften or preserve the restrictions. From May 12, the local authorities are to create conditions for enterprises to resume work in essential sectors of the economy.
In the Vologda Region major enterprises started returning to work after a mandatory shutdown. Companies involved in industry, forestry, agriculture and construction are now permitted to return to work, though authorities have now made it mandatory to wear masks.
There have been 361 cases of coronavirus infections reported in the Vologda Region so far and 2 deaths, 133 patients recovered.
Vologda Region Governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov briefed on support measure proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Additional payments will be made to workers in social enterprises for three months - up to 60,000 rubles. Families with children under the age of three will receive 5,000 rubles for three months, a lump-sum benefit of 10,000 rubles for each child between the ages of three and 15 years old, and the childcare allowance will increase twofold - up to 6,751 rubles. Individual entrepreneurs, and small and medium-sized businesses in affected sectors can write off all taxes and insurance payments, except VAT. Income tax paid in 2019 will be returned to self-employed individuals, and they will be given one “tax capital” minimum wage payment for tax payments in 2020.