COVID-19: Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in many cities, including Riyadh

24 Hour Lockdown in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia is imposing a 24-hour curfew and lockdown on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf and across the Governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar, reports the Saudi Press Agency citing a source from the Ministry of Interior.

“This action comes within the framework of the efforts undertaken by the Kingdom to confront the coronavirus pandemic and in implementation of the recommendations of the competent health authorities to raise the degree of precautionary and preventive measures in order to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents,” the interior source was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency.

The decision will not be imposed on people and groups working in essential industries in the public and private sectors, the report added.

Citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia will be allowed to leave their homes only for essential needs such as food and health care in the neighborhood where they live from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily during a 24-hour curfew.

Only two passengers, including the driver, will be allowed inside vehicles when they leave for essential needs during the full lock-down, said the Ministry of the Interior. The ride can only take place within the neighbourhoods where the residents are registered, the authorities added.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Health announced 82 new cases of COVID19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2605 in the Kingdom so far.