The State Duma will not consider the bill on QR codes in public places

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ATOR 14 January 2022 16:30

The State Duma will also withdraw from consideration the second bill on QR codes introduced by the government. Earlier, the Presidium of the Parliament withdrew from consideration the draft on mandatory QR codes on transport. On Friday, January 14, it became known that the bill on QR codes in public places suffered the same fate.

Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova announced on Friday, January 14, that the government will amend the second reading of the draft federal law "On Amendments to the federal law "On Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare of the population."

In particular, it is assumed that the bill will be amended to the effect that citizens will still be able to use a negative PCR test to visit public places. Recall that in the version of the bill adopted in the first reading, it was assumed that from February 1, citizens will be able to visit places of mass events, cultural institutions, catering and retail facilities with the presentation of:

  • or a QR code about vaccination;
  • or a document confirming that a person has had a coronavirus;
  • or medical withdrawal from vaccination.

However, amending the bill is probably just a procedural explanation. It is possible that in fact it will simply be put under the cloth (postponed for an "indefinite period", and many bills have been suspended in this status for years). 

THE BILL IS OUTDATED, THERE ARE NEW CHALLENGES

"The bill that we adopted in the first reading was prepared as a response to the spread of the Delta strain. Now there will be new challenges, so the government, together with the United Russia party, in conditions of high uncertainty in the development of the epidemiological situation, has developed a joint decision on the expediency of postponing consideration of the bill in the second reading," Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said.

Following this, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin wrote in his telegram channel on Friday that the draft law on QR codes in public places will be withdrawn from consideration by parliament, just like the last bill on QR codes in transport.  

"The bill on QR codes will be withdrawn from consideration. We will discuss this issue on Monday at the State Duma Council. I am sure the deputies will support this decision. The bill needs to be finalized, I want to thank the representatives of the government that they understand this," Vyacheslav Volodin wrote.

The vice-speaker of the State Duma, Pyotr Tolstoy, also spoke out. "I want to thank the representatives of the executive branch, the Government, for understanding the ambiguity of this law, which caused a negative reaction in society," Mr. Tolstoy wrote in his Telegram.

The decision to revise the draft law on QR codes in public places is extremely positive for the tourism industry. Since January 18, the start of sales of tours for the tourist cashback campaign is planned, the absence of additional restrictions for tourists and a positive infophone should have a positive impact on sales of tours in Russia.

IT IS NOT PLANNED TO INTRODUCE CUAR CODES ON TRANSPORT FROM FEBRUARY 1

Experts of the tourism industry also consider it another important positive sign that neither the government nor the parliament are returning, even at the level of verbal interventions, to the draft law on QR codes on transport, which was already withdrawn from consideration by the Duma in December 2021.

"The bill on the introduction of QR codes on transport ... has been withdrawn from consideration. President Vladimir Putin ... stressed that rash decisions are unacceptable. And that it is necessary to study "in the most careful way whether the transport system is ready in order not to restrict the rights of people," "to act very carefully, carefully, not to create additional problems" for our citizens," Mr. Volodin explained in relation to the December decision.

It should be noted that despite the suspiciously active information stuffing of recent days from anonymous sources in messengers that allegedly they "decided to return" to the project about QR codes on transport, there are no real movements on it.

And today's decision of the authorities to withdraw from consideration the second bill on QR codes (in public places) only confirms the previous forecast that from February 1, Russians will not need any QR codes for an airplane or train.


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