The Communists of Russia party has proposed extending the New Year holidays in the country due to the situation with the coronavirus infection COVID-19. The political association has already submitted this initiative to the government.
The chairman of the Central Committee of the party Maxim Suraikin in his letter asks the Cabinet to think about extending the traditional New Year holidays by two weeks - until January 24, RIA Novosti writes. At the same time, he proposes to use the spring experience, when forced days off were paid to citizens as working days.
The party believes that this measure will "protect the health of the population, avoid overcrowding in hospitals, slow down the spread of infection and will buy time for the widespread distribution of domestic vaccines," Uralinformburo reports.
It is worth noting that the initiative was reacted in the "Support of Russia". Svetlana Petropolskaya, an expert from her Moscow branch, told Izvestia that any reduction in the number of working days in a particular area negatively affects small and medium-sized businesses. In particular, those areas that operate offline or depend on the work of state bodies and authorities may suffer.
It is worth recalling that in 2021 the New Year holidays should last from 1 to 10 January.
Currently, 1.83 million cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Russia, 31.5 thousand people have died.