The measure undoubtedly saved lives, but it also stripped restaurant owners of their income.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a national lockdown on March 28 – with the capital Moscow following suit a couple of days later.
The cheeky protest has been launched to put pressure on President Vladimir Putin to lift the lockdown in Russia and let restaurant and café workers return to work
They have posted photographs of themselves naked with carefully positioned plates, cups, saucepans, bottles, bar stools and napkin holders.
Russian chefs have taken part in an extraordinary naked lockdown protest after coronavirus closed their restaurants.
Their demand is for authorities to allow them to start serving clients as the country gradually eases measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Now hundreds of bar, restaurant and cafe employees have staged a cheeky protest urging the president to ease the lockdown.
Restaurants in Kazan will be allowed to open their summer terraces on June 11 after more than two months of lockdown.
“We are naked because we are left with nothing,” said Arthur Galaychyuk, owner of the Relab Family bar chain in the city of Kazan, whose 20 employees took part in the campaign.
Authorities in Novosibirsk have not yet announced when local restaurants can open.
“We don’t pose more of a risk then supermarkets, shopping malls, hair salons or public transport,” Pavel’s post said.
“We don’t want to stage a strip show or to fool around, we only want one thing – to work,” said Pavel, a chef from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, in a post with a group picture of his colleagues wearing only masks and holding kitchenware.
President Vladimir Putin ordered strict lockdown measures at the end of March shutting all businesses except food stores and pharmacies.
The country’s regions were allowed to adjust the measures depending on the situation on the ground.
The Russian capital plans to allow cafes and restaurants to open their outside terraces later in June before reopening fully from June 23.
Moscow is in the process of lifting the lockdown with many businesses, including shopping malls, book stores and beauty salons reopening.
He said: “”We prevented an explosion of the pandemic, provided mass testing and medical care to sick residents,” he said.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, known to be a staunch Putin loyalist, declared Russia had all but beaten Covid-19.