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The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the tightening of precautionary measures to confront the Corona epidemic, with indications of an increase in the epidemic curve in some regions of the Kingdom, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
An official source at the Ministry of the Interior stated that the decision came “following the statement issued on Shawwal 28, 1441 AH, corresponding to June 20, 2020 CE, and based on what was submitted by the competent health authorities regarding the measures taken by the Kingdom in the face of the emerging corona virus (Covid 19), and coinciding with the emergence of indicators of an increase In the epidemiological curve in some regions of the Kingdom, the laxity in applying the preventive and precautionary measures and the approved protocols, and the need to take preventive and precautionary measures commensurate with the needs of the current situation, and given what the countries of the world are witnessing about the emergence of a second wave of Coronavirus (Covid 19) and the importance of preserving public health and the lack of emergence A second wave of outbreak in the Kingdom, which may lead to increased pressure on health facilities and the difficulty of controlling the pandemic.
New decisions include:
First: Stopping 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 breaks and camps that are used for these purposes, and that for a period of 30 days, which can be extended.
Second: Without prejudice to what is stated in Clause (First), the maximum number of human gatherings in social events shall not exceed (20) persons for a period of (10) days, which can be extended.
Third: Stopping all entertainment activities and events for a period of (10) extendable days.
Fourth: Closing down cinemas, indoor entertainment centers, and independent indoor games places or in restaurants, shopping malls, etc., and gyms and sports centers, for a period of (10) days, which can be extended.
Fifth: Suspending the provision of internal ordering services in restaurants, cafes and the like, and limiting it to submitting external requests for a period of (10) days, which can be extended, without allowing any gathering that results from those external requests, and for the Ministry of Municipal, Rural Affairs and Housing to close the establishment that violates this for a period (24) hours, and if the violation is repeated for the first time, the closure will be for (48) hours, and for (one week) if it is repeated for the second time, and for (two weeks) for the third time, and if the violation is repeated for the fourth time and more, the facility will be closed for a period of (one month) Without prejudice to the application of any other prescribed penalty for those violations.
Sixth: Intensify monitoring efforts in implementing protocols and precautions from all authorities, especially the ministries (Interior, Commerce, Human Resources and Social Development, Tourism, Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing), the General Authority for Civil Aviation and the General Authority for Entertainment, and taking the necessary measures to control violations in the places that fall under Supervising it and imposing penalties on violators.
Seventh: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Housing, has assigned field control teams to ensure compliance with the implementation of preventive and precautionary measures and approved protocols, social distancing and wearing masks in cemeteries.
Eighth: Distributing the prayers for 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 for burial places to be separated at one time by a distance of 100 meters – as much as possible – within The cemetery to ensure that the mourners are separated.
Ninth: The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing and the supervisory authorities and others to tighten control over restaurants and cafes to ensure that precautionary measures are implemented, 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.
The ministry said that the decisions will take effect from ten oclock this Thursday, February 4, 2021.
The Ministry of Interior confirmed that these measures were taken within the framework of the efforts made by the Kingdom to preserve public health and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, and that it is subject to continuous evaluation with the competent health authorities to take the necessary additional measures if required, and calls on everyone to sense their responsibility, abide by the instructions and adhere to the procedures. To achieve the public interest.
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