Saudia Announces New Curbs To Prevent Spread of Covid-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced a number of measures aimed at curbing the spread of second wave of Covid-19 in the kingdom.

Officials on Thursday said that the new measures, announced today, would come into effect tonight at 10:00 P.M, Thursday, 22 Jumada II 1442 AH, corresponding to February 04, 2021.

Ministry of Interior officials said the new measures include Suspending all events and parties, including weddings, corporate meetings and the like, in banquet halls and independent wedding halls or affiliated with hotels, as well as in rental rest houses and camps that are used for those purposes. They said the restrictions had been introduced for 30 days, but could be extended if needed.

Besides that, the maximum number of human gatherings in social events shall not exceed (20) persons for a period of (10) days, that may be extended.

Officials said that by way of new restrictions, all entertainment activities and events had been suspended for ten days, and the same could be extended if needed.

All cinemas, indoor entertainment centers, independent indoor games places or in restaurants, shopping malls, gyms and sports centers were being shut down for ten days, while provision of dining services in restaurants, cafes were being suspended for ten days as well.

Officials also said that they were distributing prayers to funerals in cemeteries at all times of the day to reduce the number of mourners at one time, in addition to preparing places for funeral prayer to apply social distancing during prayer, and to separate burial places, at a time, by a distance of 100 meters – as much as possible – in the cemetery, to ensure the separation between the mourners.

The administration has been asked to intensify the tighten control over restaurants and cafes to ensure the implementation of precautionary measures, and to emphasize restaurants and cafes to activate the use of surveillance cameras, and to set up warning panels that indicate that the place is monitored with cameras to ensure the extent of compliance with the precautionary measures and health protocols.

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