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COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES



For the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection, the 9th Nevsky International Ecological Congress will take place in compliance with recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Rospotrebnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Oversight on Consumer Rights Protection and Welfare.

If all prevention measures are complied with, attending the Congress will be safe for everyone.

For your safety and the safety of those around you, all those at the venue must comply with the protection measures prescribed by the organizers. With a view to everyone’s safety, the organizers may deny access to the Congress venue to those who fail to comply with these measures.

We ask the participants to be receptive to these prevention measures. The health and safety of the Congress participants, guests, and staff are top priority for the organizers of NIEC.


PCR testing for access to the NIEC venue

All NIEC participants and media representatives may obtain badges for access to the venue only with a certificate confirming negative results of laboratory COVID-19 PCR testing for novel coronavirus infection.

You may take the test at your choice:

* You can find your unique ID in your personal web office, in the information letter, or by calling the Congress information centre at +7 (812) 635 9948.

The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours and no later than one day prior to arrival at the venue.


PCR testing centres approved by NIEC

If a participant or a media representative does not have a test result, they can take the test free of charge at one of the PCR testing centres approved by NIEC starting at 09:00 on 25 May but no later than one day prior to arrival at the NIEC venue.

You will need your unique participant ID in order to take a test. You can find your ID in your information letter, by contacting your Roscongress Foundation specialist whose details are provided in the personal web office, or by calling the Congress information centre at +7 (812) 635 9948.

Plenary session attendees must take an additional PCR test on 27 May from 09:00 to 18:00. If a participant has already visited the Congress venue on 27 May, they must take the PCR test again to attend the plenary session.



Centre

Hours

PCR Testing Centres for Access to the NIEC Venue

Citilink Pulkovskoye Shosse (43/2, Pulkovskoye Shosse)

25–27 May, 24 hours
(technical break – from 04:00 to 05:00)

Angleterre Hotel (24, Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa)

25–27 May, 09:00–20:00

Tavricheskiy Hotel (6, Lafonskaya Ulitsa, entrance at Shpalernaya Ulitsa)

Smolninskaya Hotel (6, Lafonskaya Ulitsa)

Moskovsky Rail Terminal (pavilion between platforms 5 and 6)

26–27 May, 09:00–00:00

PCR Testing Centres for Access to the Plenary Session

Tavricheskiy Palace (47, Shpalernaya Ulitsa)

27 May, 09:00–18:00

Parliamentary Centre (53, Shpalernaya Ulitsa)

PCR test results

If a participant takes the test at one of the labs recommended by Rospotrebnadzor , they can upload a scanned copy of the certificate to their personal web office on the Congress website. If the certificate was not uploaded in advance, it must be presented in hard or soft copy to the Accreditation Centre at the time of the visit.

If the participant takes the test at a PCR testing centre approved by NIEC, test results will be submitted on the next day to the Accreditation Centre directly; there is no need to obtain them.


Arriving in Russia

According to the resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation, international air service to a number of countries was resumed on 1 August 2020. There are regular and charter flights operated by Russian and foreign companies.

Foreign citizens arriving in Russia to attend NIEC:

  • when crossing the state border must present a document (in Russian or English) confirming a negative result of the COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival in Russia;

  • must specify from which country they arrive in Russia to attend NIEC.

There is no 14-day quarantine upon arrival.


Preventive measures at the NIEC venue

1. PCR testing and badge issue

All NIEC participants and media representatives may obtain badges for access to the venue only with a certificate confirming negative results of laboratory COVID-19 PCR testing for novel coronavirus infection.

You may take the test at your choice at one of the labs recommended by Rospotrebnadzor or at one of the PCR testing centres approved by NIEC in St. Petersburg. The test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours and no later than one day prior to arrival at the venue.

2. Prevention measures en route to the venue

Participants, the driver, and staff must wear masks in shuttles. Seats in the shuttles must be taken ensuring social distancing of 1.5 metres.

Touch surfaces in shuttles are disinfected after every run.

3. Thermometric monitoring

At the entrance to the Congress venue, all participants and staff have their temperature taken using non-contact temperature assessment devices. Participants and staff whose temperature is above 37.1°С or who have symptoms of infection or flu will not be allowed at the NIEC venue.

4. Personal protection equipment and disinfection

Participants and staff may only access the venue while wearing a mask. Masks must be worn during the entire time at the venue; the organizers are to provide disposable face masks and hand sanitizer.

The items are packed in clear packages and placed in special dispensers at the Congress venue. The dispensers are designed for the individual package size. They have an opening at the bottom for easy distribution of personal protection equipment.

It is recommended that masks are changed every two hours and that hand-sanitizer dispensers that are set up at the venue are used.

Official delegation members and chief executives may attend official events without a mask if the other participants wear a mask.

Congress staff is provided with a supply of personal protective equipment (masks), disinfectants and hand-sanitizers. Dining area staff must wear masks and gloves at their workstations.

5. Social distancing

Congress participants and staff must keep social distancing of 1.5 metres and follow special markings.

6. Air sanitizing

Air-sanitizing equipment has been installed in conference halls and headphone disinfection/disposable headphones have been provided.

7. Social distancing seating

Social distancing is maintained in seating event participants and speakers at the business programme halls.

8. First aid at the venue

Ambulance crews are on duty for the entire duration of the Congress right next to the NIEC venue.

9. Cleaning of surfaces with antiviral disinfectant

Surfaces at the Congress venue are cleaned with antiviral disinfectant.


COVID-19 prevention measures in St. Petersburg

Safe travels programme

St. Petersburg was the first city in Russia to join the international Safe Travels programme that ensures safe tourism. Safe Travels is the first global initiative to ensure the safety of travel against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, launched by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in 2020.

A universal Safe Travels SPb sign for safe and comfortable tourism is effective in the St. Petersburg hospitality industry.

For tourists, the sign is a guarantee that services provided by the tourist organizations comply with requirements of sanitary and hygienic regulations and safety standards. Please visit visit‑petersburg.ru for more information and a complete list of programme participants in St. Petersburg (hotels, restaurants, theatres, museums, etc.).


Public institutions’ prevention measures

There is strict control everywhere for compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures: wearing masks, social distancing, use of sanitizers, disinfection in public areas, etc. Mask has to be worn when visiting shopping and personal service facilities, rail stations, the airport, public transportation stations, as well as in all types of public transportation, including taxis and at public transportation stops.


What is open in St. Petersburg?

  • Restaurants, bars, cafés, including those located at shopping centres, food courts, and food places.

  • Cinemas, circuses, and concert halls. Maximum capacity is up to 75%.

  • Oceanariums (provided the safety standards are complied with as well as ensuring that no more than 1 person is present per every 10 m2 of the oceanarium).

  • Zoos and water parks.

  • Museums, exhibits, and theatres.

  • Sports facilities. The maximum capacity or arenas and stadiums is up to 75%.

  • Up to 20 people may take a tour at a time


What are the restrictions in St. Petersburg?

A ban has been put in place on visitors attending late night entertainment venues and nightclubs and smoking hookah/shisha in public places.


Medical assistance

Documents

In order to receive timely medical assistance if the COVID-19 symptoms have been confirmed for you, please make sure to always carry with you an identification document (passport) and a Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Certificate (valid in the Russian Federation).

If you are a foreign citizen, you must have your passport and migration card with you.


Hospitalization

COVID-19 medical assistance for foreigners

According to Decree No. 186 of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 6 March 2013 On Approval of the Rules for Provision of Medical Care to Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation:

  • State and municipal medical institutions shall provide free medical care to citizens, uninsured under the compulsory medical insurance, including foreign citizens and persons without citizenship only in emergencies in cases of sudden acute illness or condition or chronic illness attacks constituting a life-threatening event.

  • First medical assistance, including specialized first medical assistance shall be provided for free to foreign citizens in cases of illness, injury, poisoning or other conditions requiring emergency medical treatment.

  • Emergency medical care (except first medical assistance, including specialized first medical assistance) and scheduled medical care shall be provided to citizens uninsured under the compulsory medical insurance, including foreign citizens and persons without citizenship under agreements for paid medical services.