In both Moscow and Saint Petersburg, I’ve seen many/most businesses with a yellow dot sticker on the front door. Right in the center, around 10cm or less in diameter. What does it mean and why is it there?

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    These are called glass awareness stickers, they come in a lot of varieties (here is a link to Amazon where you can buy them). They are a safety measure to warn people of glass doors and other large clear glass panels. You also see them as strips or a series of dots. Aug 5 '19 at 21:17
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    @BurhanKhalid, this is an answer, please post it as such.
    – Willeke
    Aug 6 '19 at 10:11
  • I remember seeing these on every single glass door throughout all of grade school and knew exactly what it was for. Is this no longer common?
    – MonkeyZeus
    Aug 6 '19 at 15:24
  • @MonkeyZeus With modern health and safety rules, you need unbreakable "glass" (not necessarily real glass at all). If the kids are dumb enough to try to run through closed doors, either they learn from their first mistake, or "survival of the fittest" takes its natural course :)
    – alephzero
    Aug 6 '19 at 18:04

This means "there's a glass door, please don't go through it without opening first".

If it contains black curl, then it also means "you can order delivery via Yandex.Food" (a service similar to Uber Eats and friends where you order via smartphone app or web browser).


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    thequestion.ru/questions/119215/… says I'm right - it's for people with poor eyesight. Not sure it's needed on wood doors. Probably people prefer to overdo.
    – alamar
    Aug 5 '19 at 14:41
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    Or someone copied something without knowing its meaning.
    – WGroleau
    Aug 5 '19 at 15:51
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    It may be also the door to try. For some reason, in Russia you can only open one half of a door, this including paired glass doors. In this case, yellow circle helps, as you know which door to handle.
    – alamar
    Aug 5 '19 at 20:37
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    @Arnold because some yellow stickers may be not door-designating but delivery-promoting. Яндекс.Еда is so large anyway that promoting it is moot. That's like advertising Amazon.
    – alamar
    Aug 6 '19 at 10:36
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    @alamar The UK also likes to keep one half of most double-doors locked shut. See, despite politicians trying to drive us apart, we're all just the same. Aug 6 '19 at 14:02

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