Curfew partially lifted across Saudi Arabia, except in Makkah city

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A royal decree carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) early Sunday said the curfew is off from 9 o’clock in the morning to 5 o’clock in the afternoon, from April 26, 2020 to May 13, 2020.

Makkah and its neighborhood shall remain under 24-hour curfew, the decree said.

The new order was based on recommendation by relevant health authorities to enable the return of some economic activities and to relieve citizens and residents on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Allowed to reopen starting 6 Ramadan 1441 AH (April 29 in the Gregorian calendar) until 20 Ramadan 1441 AH (May 13, 2020) are wholesale and retail trade stores, as well as commercial centers or malls.

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Contracting companies and factories are also allowed to resume their activities “without restrictions on time, according to the nature of their business.”

Not allowed to open are centers “that do not achieve physical distance, including: beauty clinics, barber salons, sports and health clubs, recreational centers, cinemas, beauty salons, restaurants, cafes and other activities determined by the competent authorities.”

The decree instructed authorities responsible for monitoring economic, commercial and industrial activities to ensure that the precautionary and preventive measures approved by the Ministry of Health and other competent authorities are complied with.
Law enforcers 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 shall remain disallowed.

The decree reminded the public that the prescribed penalties will be imposed on violators and facilities that violate the regulations and instructions will be closed according to established procedures.

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