The bill on QR codes in public places will be considered in December – RBC

The initiative allowing the introduction of QR codes in public places will be considered in the first reading in the State Duma before the New Year, sources told RBC. Previously, the bills were not included in the work plan of the chamber for December

Photo: Alexander Kryazhev / RIA Novosti

Photo: Alexander Kryazhev / RIA Novosti

Both bills on QR codes – on their introduction in public places and in transport – are planned to be considered in the State Duma in the first reading in December. Two sources in the lower house told RBC about this. At the same time, the initiatives were not included in the preliminary work plan lower house, which the State Duma must approve during the plenary session on November 25.

“Non-inclusion of projects does not mean that they will not be considered in the end,” explained one of the interlocutors of RBC. “There are plans for these projects for December.” Although the calendar of consideration of issues by the State Duma is one of the documents that determines its work, the regulations allow considering issues that were not originally in the plan.

In mid-November, the government made two bills to the State Duma related to the introduction of mandatory QR codes on vaccination against coronavirus and on transferred covid. If the bills are passed, QR codes can be entered at public events, in shops, cafes, trains and planes. The final decisions on where exactly such restrictions will be introduced will be made by the regional authorities. For the introduction of measures, a transitional period is envisaged – until February 1, to enter a public place, instead of QR codes, it will be possible to present a negative PCR test, but after this period, only those who have received a medical withdrawal from vaccination will have such an opportunity. The measure will be valid until June 1. The bill does not affect the operation of public transport, pharmacies, grocery retail and stores with essential goods.

The second bill, introducing QR codes in transport, concerns long-distance and international travel. It is assumed that QR codes will be checked when tickets are sold. Also RBC wrote that the government is discussing the possibility of introducing QR codes for unofficially recovered from COVID-19.

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