Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Suspends Most Government Operations for 16 days

Saudi Arabia suspended the attendance of employees at its workplaces in all government agencies except for those in the health, security and military sectors for 16 days as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the Saudi press agency (SPA) reported.

The Kingdom also announced “reducing the presence of crowds in government departments by promoting electronic transactions and activating electronic service delivery platforms in the service sectors of all government and private agencies, and limiting commercial dealings with companies and their representatives to electronic and telephone communication as much as possible,” the official source said.

As for the private sector, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development encouraged companies, private institutions, and charitable societies to reduce the numbers of employees and workers attending workplaces and promote working remotely.

The justice ministry said earlier non-urgent judicial hearings were postponed indefinitely.

Saudi Arabia yesterday reported 15 more coronavirus cases, taking its total to 118. Local municipalities tweeted directives for the closure of malls, restaurants, coffee shops, and public parks while exempting supermarkets, pharmacies, and food delivery. Al Arabiya TV said the measures would apply across the country.

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