Saudi Arabia partially lifts curfew nationwide, keeps full lockdown in Makkah

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Saudi Arabia has partially lifted the curfew restrictions it imposed across the Kingdom starting on Sunday (26 April 2020), according to authorities, while adding that it will maintain a full lockdown on Makkah and previously isolated neighborhoods.

The announcement made by state television confirmed public movement from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. will be allowed each day until May 13, the twentieth day of Ramadan.

The order also allowed the opening of some economic and commercial activities, which include wholesale and retail shops in addition to malls, which can operate for 2 weeks, beginning on April 29 until May 13.

However, Specific stores that do not achieve social distancing measures such as beauty clinics, barber salons, gyms, cinemas, and restaurants will continue to be restricted from reopening.

The statement also stipulated that contracting companies and factories are to return to practice their activities without any time restrictions during the same 2 week period.

“Emphasis on continuing to apply social distancing measures, including the continuation of banning social gatherings of more than 5 people will be applied,” according to the statement.

Source: Al Arabiya English

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