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Moscow authorities promised raids and checks in the metro to control masks

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The raids will take place in the metro, buses, trams and the MCD, and police officers will also participate. The Department of Transport promised that checks will take place at absolutely all metro stations
The Moscow City Hall’s Department of Transport announced that it will tighten controls over whether passengers wear masks and gloves next week. The checks will take place on buses, electric buses, trams, the Moscow metro and the MCD, according to a message published by the department on Telegram.
“Checks will be carried out at 100% of the Moscow metro stations, joint raids of the Transportation Organizer and the police will take place in the carriages,” it says.
The authorities of the capital asked the townspeople in case of a trip by public transport to fulfill “only two simple conditions”: to wear masks and gloves.
“If there is no urgent need for a trip, and especially if you feel unwell, stay at home. This is the best thing you can do in the fight against the spread of the virus, ”the department stressed.
Over the course of five months, more than 95.9 thousand passengers who did not wear masks and gloves were fined in Moscow. The total amount of fines was RUB 479.5 million. On October 13, Vladislav Sultanov, the head of the State Public Institution “Organizer of Transportation”, reported that on average, about 100 raids are carried out per day. The fine for the lack of personal protective equipment in Moscow transport is 5 thousand rubles.
On Thursday, October 15, the city authorities announced that they will tighten control over the wearing of masks and gloves in transport and will oblige carriers not to let passengers without masks, even if the trip has already been paid for. The Department of Transport then also reported that they would conduct inspections more often, police officers would join them.
The next day, the department reported that the proportion of passengers wearing masks was 96%, with some metro stations reaching 99%.

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