Passenger navigation in Saint Petersburg is not to begin before termination of restrictions related to prevention of COVID-19

15 April 2020

This decision was reached on the session of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Transport to Saint Petersburg Coordination Council to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The vice-governor of Saint Petersburg Maksim Sokolov was appointed head of the working group.  

Taking into account the stance of the ENERCOM Main Office for Saint Petersburg, it was concluded that commercial water transportation will not be offered within administrative boundaries of Saint Petersburg at the present time. The following waterways were mentioned: the Neva, the Malaya Neva, the Malaya Nevka, the Srednyaya Nevka and the Bolshaya Nevka. The restriction also covers the territory within water areas of seaports. It is expected that the navigation period won’t begin before April 30, until the termination of restrictions related to the prevention of COVID-19, states press center of the Government’s Transport Committee.

The same decision covers rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg (Moika, Fontanka, Grbiboyedov canal etc.). According to the act of the Government’s Transport Committee, the waterways are open from April 9 only for special-purpose ships as well as those involved in current repair works of urban property. The Government’s Transport Committee will additionally announce opening of navigation for all ships, including tourist ships.