King Salman ordered the partial lifting of the curfew in Saudi Arabia, with the exception of the holy city of Makkah and adjacent previously isolated locations after a COVID-19 outbreak.
A royal decree promulgated by the Saudi Arabian Press Agency (SPA) early Sunday said the curfew is off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from April 26, 2020 to May 13, 2020.
Makkah and its neighborhood will remain under a 24-hour curfew, according to the decree.
The new order was based on the recommendations of the relevant health authorities to allow the return of some economic activities and to relieve citizens and residents.
They are allowed to reopen from Ramadan 1441 AH (April 29 in the Gregorian calendar) to Ramadan 20 1441 AH (May 13, 2020) as wholesale and retail stores, as well as shopping malls or malls.
Contracting companies and factories can also resume their activities “without time restrictions, depending on the nature of their business.”
They are not allowed to open centers “that do not reach the physical distance, including: beauty clinics, hairdressing salons, sports and health clubs, recreation centers, cinemas, beauty salons, restaurants, cafes and other activities determined by the competent authorities “
The decree instructed the authorities responsible for monitoring economic, commercial and industrial activities to ensure that preventive and preventive measures approved by the Ministry of Health and other competent authorities are complied with.
Law enforcement officers are also instructed to ensure that “social distancing” is observed at all times, and that social gatherings involving more than five people, such as wedding events and parties, will remain prohibited.
The decree reminded the public that prescribed sanctions will be imposed on violators and facilities that violate regulations and instructions will be closed in accordance with established procedures.
Since COVID-19 was first discovered in Wuhan, China late last year, Saudi Arabia has reported 16,299 cases of COVID-19, including 136 deaths. Some 2,214 patients were reported to have recovered so far.
Worldwide, the number of cases approached 2.8 million cases and the number of deaths exceeded the 200,000 mark, with the United States accounting for more than 53,000, or more than 25 percent of the total.