Corona virus: Saudi Arabia suspends events, summit and weddings
As part of efforts to the prevent the spread coronavirus in the Gulf, on Friday, Saudi Arabia suspended events in wedding halls, rest houses, event venues and in hotels, reports al-Arabiya quoting an official source in the Saudi Ministry of Interior. These precautionary measures were recommended by the health authorities in the Kingdom, to protect the health of citizens and residents and ensure their safety. The Ministry of Interior also called on everyone to commit to applying the decision in order to protect the health of citizens and residents, after 45 cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed on more than 4,000 people tested, according to the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, instructed the ministry’s branches in the Kingdom that Friday public prayer be performed in the nearest mosques to the grand mosques in the Kingdom to prevent overcrowding. In a statement, the minister affirmed that these mosques must be suitable for Friday prayer, instructing that even line-up of worshipers be widened during all five prayers in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Dr. Al Al-Sheikh also instructed that the Friday sermon should highlight the preventive and precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. Previoulsy, the General Authority for Audio-visual Media announced the suspension of film screenings in cinemas until further notice. Saudi Arabia also prevented those infected or attending the results of the tests to attend the public prayers, inviting them to respect the quarantine.