Mayor of Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir Panov, has called on local businesses to shorten the working day on July 6, when the city will host the World Cup quarter-final between France and Uruguay.
"I would like to call on heads of [Nizhny Novgorod] companies to consider a possibility of making a short working day on Friday,” Panov said, TASS reported.
“This practice has been widely used in all World Cup host cities. Besides, I would like to urge Nizhny Novgorod residents to plan their future trips choosing available routes [as several central roads will be closed on the match day]”.
On Friday, from 6pm car traffic and parking restrictions will be implemented in the city to prioritize comfort, and safety of the fans who are attending the match.
The city will bid farewell to the World Cup after the last of six matches is played at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Friday.
France and Uruguay will fight for a semifinal spot after they knocked out Argentina and Portugal in the last 16 stage respectively.