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Ministry of Interior: Change to the times allowed during the curfew in all regions, except Makkah

An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that, based on what the relevant health authorities submitted regarding the measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the possibility of changing the times of the partial curfews and the return of some activities amid precautionary and preventive measures, the approval has been issued on the following:

First: From Thursday 5 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to May 28, 2020 AD until the end of Saturday 7 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to May 30, 2020 AD, the following will be done:

- Changing the allowed period during the curfew in all regions of Saudi Arabia, except the city of Makkah, to become from six in the morning until three in the evening.

- Allowing travelling between regions and cities in Saudi Arabia by private car during the allowed period of curfew.

- Continuity of the activities exempted in the previous decisions that permitted to open some economic and commercial activities during the allowed period of the curfew in the following fields:

1- Wholesale and retail shops.

2- Commercial centers (malls).

- Continuity of prevention all activities that do not achieve physical distance, including: beauty salons, barber salons, sports and health clubs, recreational centers, cinemas, and other activities determined by the competent authorities.

Second: From Sunday 8 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to May 31, 2020 AD, until the end of Saturday 28 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to June 20, 2020 AD, the following will be done:

- Changing the allowed period during the curfew in all regions of Saudi Arabia, except the city of Makkah, to become from six in the morning until eight in the evening.

- Continuity of all the activities exempted in the previous decisions.

- Allowing perform Friday prayer and all other prayers in the mosques of Saudi Arabia, mosques in city of Makkah are excepted, amid precautionary and preventive measures.

- Continuity of performing Friday prayer and all other prayers in the grand holy mosque amid current health and precautionary measures.

- Lifting the suspension of attendance to the ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and return to conducting their office activities in accordance with the measures that will be made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and relevant authorities.

- Lifting the suspension of domestic flights, while adhering to the necessary precautionary and preventive measures determined by the General Authority of Civil Aviation in coordination with the Ministry of Health and other relevant authorities.

- Lifting the suspension of travel between regions by different means of transportation, with commitment of the competent authorities to the precautionary and preventive measures.

- With continuity of the activities exempted in the previous decisions; it will be permitted to open some economic and commercial activities during the allowed period of curfew in the following fields:

1- Indoor orders in restaurants amid precautionary procedures laid down by the competent authorities.

2- Indoor orders in cafes amid precautionary procedures laid down by the competent authorities.

- Continuity of prevention all activities that do not achieve physical distance, including: beauty salons, barber salons, sports and health clubs, recreational centers, cinemas, and other activities determined by the competent authorities.

- Continuity of application of social divergence procedures in public places at all times, and preventing gatherings for social purposes for more than fifty people, such as: wedding or funeral occasions and the like.

Third: From Sunday, 29 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to June 21, 2020 AD, normal situations in all regions and cities of Saudi Arabia will be returned as before the period of curfew procedures, except the city of Makkah, with full compliance with preventive health instructions and social divergence, and care to protect the highest-risk groups from infection, especially for the elderly and those with chronic and respiratory diseases.

Fourth: With regard to the city of Makkah; the procedures are applied in the first item will be started from Sunday, 8 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to May 31, 2020 AD until the end of Saturday 28 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to June 20, 2020 AD. The second item will be started from Sunday 29 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to June 21, 2020 AD.

Fifth: Emphasizing on all citizens and residents in Saudi Arabia by taking all means and procedures related to limiting the transmission of infections, such as wearing masks, hand washing, sterilization, and social distancing.

Sixth: Movement permits for necessary, emergency and other situations during the curfew period are obtained through the approved paper authorization form, electronic permits, (Tawakkalna) application.

Seventh: Allowing residents of neighborhoods to practice walking in their neighborhoods during the curfew period referred to in (first) and (second) above, while adhering to the necessary precautionary health measures and social distancing.

Eighth: Minor pilgrimage and visiting will continue to be suspended, and this will be reviewed periodically in light of health data.

Ninth: Continuity of suspension of international flights until further notice.

Tenth: All the above measures are subjected to assessment and periodic review by the Ministry of Health to consider extending any stage or returning to taking strict precautionary measures as required by the health data.

Eleventh: Punishments will be imposed on individuals and facilities that violate the decisions and instructions related to the measures of limitation the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The official source urged citizens, residents and employers to sense responsibility, adhere to precautionary and preventive measures, as well as the directions issued by the competent authorities.

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