Russia: No Unmarried Couples In Post-Lockdown Hotels

Story By:  Gheorghi CaraseniSub Editor:  Joseph GolderAgency: Central European News

Russian officials have urged hotels not to allow unmarried couples to share a hotel room to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing or Rospotrebnadzor, recommended hotels in the country not allow unmarried couples to stay in the same room and asked hoteliers to inform officials of any couples doing so.

The recommendation reads: “Guests should be predominantly single or family members. Hotels will have to prove that their customers are in a family relationship. The recommendations are designed for hospitality businesses and the burden of proving family status is fully the responsibility of the hotel.”

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The institution said hotels would need to explain why unmarried couples were staying in the same room if officials found this to be the case.

Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, 54, explained that Russia is ready for the gradual opening of the holiday season with a plan having been developed for the tourism industry to move forward.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko, 65, emphasised that Russia will move to open borders as carefully as possible, saying that public health always remains the main priority of the state.

Local media report many hotels in the resort city of Sochi struggled to open when they were allowed to on 1st June because of the strict measures in place.

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In particular, weekly testing of employees for coronavirus on average would reportedly cost owners 2 million RUB (22,700 GBP), more than they could earn through opening.

According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Russia has suffered 536,484 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 7,081 deaths.

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