The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has announced the reopening of religious and cultural sites and archaeological sites in the country starting on Sunday, as part of easing restrictions imposed to contain the emerging epidemic of the Corona virus.
The move coincides with the celebrations of Eid Al Fitr.
The Iranian president urged visitors to the shrines to avoid mass gatherings and adhere to social estrangement.
A decision to reopen mosques throughout the country is expected to be announced later in the week.
The authorities have announced the death of more than seven thousand people as a result of infection of the new Corona virus so far. But there is a belief that the number is much higher.
In comments broadcast on state television, Rouhani said that the archaeological sites will open their doors to receive visitors from Sunday.
Religious shrines, some of which have been hotspots for the spread of the virus in Iran, will open from Monday.
Last week, Rouhani said the shelters would open three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.
All workers in the country will return to work next Saturday, Rouhani said today.
“We can say that we have passed the three stages related to Corona virus,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.
On the fourth stage, Rouhani said it contained 10 of the 31 Iranian provinces, where the outbreak was less severe.
Screening rates will be increased across the country, while patients will be separated from the rest of the population.
The president said last week that restaurants will open again after Ramadan, and that sports competitions will resume without an audience. Universities, except medical schools, will also be reopened on June 6.
Rouhani said today that 88 percent of deaths due to infection with the Corona virus were people suffering from chronic diseases.
According to Ministry of Health figures released on Saturday, 59 people died during the past day, bringing the death toll from the epidemic in Iran to 7,359, and injuries to 133,521 people.