The State Duma Supported the Idea of Mandatory QR Codes
Fedot Tumusov stressed that the introduction of QR codes is effective for increasing the rate of vaccination. At the same time, the deputy Tumusov noted that the threat of introducing QR codes already has a different side: the rates of acquiring electronic codes in an illegal way have already increased. RIA Novosti reports that earlier there was evidence that the government is preparing two bills on mandatory QR codes in transport, cafes and shops. It is planned that admission to these places will be carried out only upon presentation of the QR code until June 2022.
However, admission restrictions will not affect public transport (metro, buses, trolleybuses, trams), pharmacies and grocery stores.
Meanwhile, Kazan plans to introduce additional restrictive measures on transport in two weeks. Transportation of citizens over 18 years of age in public transport will be possible only if the person has a QR code or a certificate of medical evacuation. If elderly people over 60 years old do not have a medical certificate or a QR code, then the validity of their transport cards is suspended. In this case, the responsibility for checking the QR code rests with the employees of the transport companies.
Mandatory QR codes in restaurants will be fatal for business, the Ombudsman for the Moscow restaurant business Sergei Mironov warned. This will lead to a long-term drop in revenue, and ultimately to the closure of catering establishments.
“Even a 20% drop in revenue in the long run is fatal for a restaurant,” explained Sergey Mironov. “If 35% of people are vaccinated in the region, how will the restaurant work with 35% occupancy?