The Bolshoi and the Hermitage now closed due to coronavirus: What else made the list?

Sanitising at the Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography

Sanitising at the Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography

Gavriil Grigorov/TASS
Restaurants are switching to home delivery, while museums are offering virtual tours online.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, on 16 March 2020, Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin issued a decree banning all mass gatherings of more than 50 people. On the following day, Russian Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova too issued a decree announcing the closure of a number of cultural establishments across Russia. Here is a list of some of the affected places:


Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

A number of major Russian museums have already announced temporary closure. These include:

  • The Tretyakov Gallery
  • The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Armory
  • The Hermitage
  • The Peterhof Palace

Museums are suspending operation until 10-12 April. Fortunately, most are already developing online platforms for their visitors. You can learn more about it here.


The Bolshoi Theater

Stage performances have also been suspended until 10 April. Nevertheless, some theaters continue to rehearse, although each rehearsal cannot involve more than 50 people.

  • The Bolshoi Theater
  • The Maly Theater
  • Sovremennik
  • The Vakhtangov Theater
  • The Mariinsky Theater
  • The Mikhailovsky Theater

Circuses and zoos

The Moscow Zoo

Russian circuses and zoos are also refunding customers for cancelled tickets:

  • The Great Moscow Circus on Vernadsky Prospekt
  • The Moscow Zoo

At the same time, the Zoo continues to broadcast live streams from its enclosures.

Universities and schools

Moscow State University

All Russian universities are switching to distance learning, while schools will be closed from 23 March till 12 April. These major universities have already switched to teaching online:

  • Moscow State University
  • The Higher School of Economics
  • St. Petersburg State University
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Restaurants and cinema theaters

The Illyuzion Cinema

Starting from 18 March, some Moscow restaurants are closing for service, according to RBK business daily. The most famous of them, like Café Pushkin, are offering home delivery instead.

Movie theaters are also cancelling screenings en masse. At the same time, some multiplexes, like Oktyabr, in Novy Arbat, continue to sell tickets, but not more than 50 per screen.

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