Is the New Normal a Temporary or Permanent Phenomenon?
The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of people taking responsibility for both their own and others’ health and prosperity. The experience of living and working under this new health crisis has helped people look at health protection issues in a new light. What would have been considered inconvenient and strange just 18 months ago (restrictions, masks, social distancing, regular testing) has now become normal. People and organizations have adapted and restructured their processes and habits in order to minimize damage to social ties and economic relations, while at the same time prioritizing health. During the pandemic, the government has endeavoured to do more than help businesses via fiscal policies and support measures – it has also rapidly developed and implemented epidemiological safety measures in various sectors of the economy and society. As a result, Russia has been able to avoid imposing a second lockdown, infection rates at major companies (including core enterprises) have remained low, and educational and cultural institutions are being reopened without risk to the public. But is this a temporary or permanent phenomenon? What measures taken to counter the pandemic need to remain in place as part of the new normal? What should be done to protect workers, customers, and consumers without hindering work processes, and what vigilance measures should be maintained? What new forms of work and education now exist following the pandemic, and what are their advantages and shortcomings? How will epidemics reshape business processes in the future?
Alexey Bobrovsky, Head of the Economic Programme, Russia 24 TV Channel
Andrey Grachev, Vice President for Federal and Regional Programs, Norilsk Nickel
Alexander Kalinin, President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses OPORA RUSSIA
Vladimir Kekhman, Artistic director, Mikhailovsky Theatre
Sergey Mikhailov, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Management Board, Cherkizovo Group
Victoria Panova, Vice-Rector for International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU)
Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director, The State Hermitage Museum
Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation