Saudi Arabia extends Covid-19 curfew measures until further notice

Saudi Arabia extends Covid-19 curfew measures until further notice

Saudi Arabia has extended a curfew imposed throughout the kingdom as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an order by King Salman.

In March, the Ministry of Interior announced a curfew would initially only last for 3 weeks and a new announcement confirmed the measures would be in place indefinitely.

“The Ministry of the Interior is calling upon everyone to abide by the matter in order to preserve their health and safety, and at the same time affirms the continuation of work regarding all the special precautionary measures previously announced in a number of cities, governorates, and residential neighborhoods, and prohibiting movement between the thirteen regions of the Kingdom,” the statement from SPA read.

Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew and lockdown last Monday in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf and across the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif, and Khobar.

Saudi Arabia has taken a number of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the disease began earlier this year.