"To recommend heads of all types of organizations operating in Sochi to declare the days of the World Cup matches in the city — June 15, 18, 23, 26, 30 and July 7, 2018 — days off," the statement read, citing Pakhomov's decree.
According to the statement, this measure will ensure that support facilities operate properly and transportation services are not overwhelmed during match days. The decree went into effect on Thursday.
Russia will host its first-ever FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the country. Sochi will host four group stage matches, a round-of-16 game and a quarter-final.