Moscow to ease lockdown restrictions from Monday

A passenger wearing a protective face mask walks on a platform at the Mayakovskaya metro station in Moscow on May 26, 2020, during a strict lockdown in Russia to stop the spread of the COVID-19 infection caused by the novel coronavirus. (AFP Photo)

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced an easing of the Russian capital's starting June 1, including the reopening of non-food shops.

"Today we can already talk about the next steps out of the crisis situation," Sobyanin told President Vladimir Putin, adding: "I propose from June 1 to reopen not only food retail but all non-food retail."

He also announced other measures including allowing people to take walks under some limitations.

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