Just in: St Petersburg bans concerts amid rising Covid deaths

Just in: St Petersburg bans concerts amid rising Covid deaths


norman lebrecht

October 28, 2021

The Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov has ordered the closure of concert halls and opera houses from October 30 to November 7.

After their repoening, visitors will be required to show QR code showing full vaccination history.


  • Zelda Macnamara says:

    Actually, this week of “paid holiday” was decreed by President Putin on 20th October, across the whole country, with local governments given powers to impose stricter measures as they deemed necessary, as St Petersburg seems to have done. A friend who lives there said they had 40,000 cases in the city on one day recently.

    • Amos says:

      I wonder which disinformation reader/contributor gave your post a thumbs down? What is happening in Russia is tragic and again reinforces the need for mass immunization with a COVID vaccine demonstrating high efficacy and minimal side effects.

    • dinkrol says:

      Your friend is talking nonsense. Or you misunderstood.
      Approximately 3,000 positive tests per day are recorded in St. Petersburg.
      And “paid holiday” was decreed from 30th October to 7th November

      • Amos says:

        Now Moscow has “decreed” a “paid Holiday” until November 8th. Last, the CDC has now classified all of Russia as category 4, the highest designation, to avoid travel due to COVID.

  • dinkrol says:

    What a nonsense!
    If you can read, then read carefully:

    Dear Guests, please note that there have been amendments to guidelines for attending the theatre during the period of the pandemic.

    As from 30 October, in accordance with the latest revision of Decree No 121 of the City of St Petersburg Government, on entering the theatre one of the following certificates must be presented:
    – or a QR-code detailing a completed course of vaccination against the coronavirus infection;
    – or a QR-code detailing any infection suffered (confirming that no more than 6 (six) months have passed from the moment of recovery);
    – or a certificate detailing medical exemption from vaccination together with a negative PCR test produced no later than 1 (one) day prior to the event. A negative PCR test is invalid without a certificate detailing medical exemption.

    Children under the age of 18 (eighteen) may enter the theatre without a QR code.

    On entering the theatre, non-Russian citizens must provide a document detailing a completed course of vaccination.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Shame that even the Russians have caved in to this BS.