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Health crisis: Saudi Arabia imposes total curfew in Mecca and Medina

An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that within the Kingdom’s efforts to confront the Corona pandemic, and in implementation of the recommendations of the competent health authorities to raise the degree of precautionary measures and preventive measures in the cities of Makkah and Madinah, to preserve the health and safety of citizens and residents, :

First: The curfew will be in all parts of the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah for a period of (24) hours per day, with continued entry to or exit from it, as of its date and until further notice. The prevention of entry and exit does not include groups excluded from employees of the vital sectors in the public and private sectors, whose actions require continued performance during the prohibition period, according to what was stated in the Royal Decree No. 45942 dated 8/8/1441 AH.

Second: It is allowed – in the narrowest range – for residents of the neighborhoods of the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah to leave their homes to spend only the necessary needs such as health care and catering, within the residential neighborhood in which they reside, during the period from six in the morning until three in the afternoon every day.

Health crisis: Saudi Arabia imposes total curfew in Mecca and Medina

Limited time to leave homes

Also, those wishing to use banking services and ATMs are allowed according to a mechanism set by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and Health.

Third: It is prohibited to practice any commercial activities within the residential neighborhoods of the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, except for pharmacies, foodstuff stores, gas stations and banking services.

Fourth: Restricting motor vehicles within the residential neighborhoods of the cities of Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah for the people referred to in item “Second” to only one person, in addition to the vehicle commander, to reduce contact with the minimum.

High incidence of coronavirus infection

In the same context, the Saudi Ministry of Health announced that the number of new registered infections increased to 165 confirmed cases.

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