On 26 March Russian authorities announced the suspension of all international commercial and charter flights into and out of the country, effective 0000 local time on 27 March (2100 UTC on 26 March) until further notice. Officials stated that there would be exceptions for repatriation flights and aircraft authorized by the Russian government. Domestic flights continue to operate as usual. Additionally, officials in Moscow ordered the closure of non-essential businesses and parks throughout the city beginning on 28 March.