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Coronavirus: All You Need to Know About the Latest Restrictions in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has issued several new decisions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the kingdom. The following are those important decisions.

Suspension of Many Government Operations for 16 days: Saudi Arabia announces Suspension of attendance at workplaces in all government agencies for a period of 16 days, except for the health, security, and military sectors, the Electronic Security Center, and the remote learning system in the education sector.

Closure of Popular Souqs and Malls: The Kingdom has decided to close popular markets and malls across the Kingdom with the exception of pharmacies and food supply stores such as supermarkets, hypermarkets and the like, provided that they commit to sterilizing their shopping carts after being used by each individual client. This procedure does not include the shops located on commercial streets, provided that they are not within commercial complexes.

Closure of men’s barber shops and women’s beauty salons

Serving Food Inside Restaurants and Cafes are Banned: KSA limits restaurants and cafes services only to take away requests and delivery, and customers are not allowed to serve food inside.

Banning of gatherings: gatherings are banned in public places designated for recreation such as parks, beaches, resorts, camps, wild parks and the like.

No Auctions: Stop all auction and auction activities and temporarily close their gathering sites.

No Judicial Hearings: the justice ministry announces non-urgent judicial hearings have been postponed indefinitely.

Allows working remotely for the following categories: pregnant women, those with respiratory or cardiac diseases, HIV or hereditary diseases, users of immunosuppressive drugs, and those who are undergoing treatment from tumors, provided that they present a medical report that does not exceed one month of age.

14 days of self-quarantine for those arriving after 13 March: KSA demands all companies and institutions enforce a policy of requiring all their expatriate employees to return from travel to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival before commencing their work, as well as applying the same policy for those showing respiratory symptoms without having traveled recently.

SAMA directed all financial institutions including banks and money exchanges in the Kingdom to work remotely for a period of 16 days starting Monday (March 16).

Al Arabiya

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