Saudi COVID19 Lockdown: What will resume from this week

Saudi COVID19 Lockdown

A statement by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), on early hours 26 May, says the government will lift the COVID19 lockdown in a staggered manner.

Here are top facts that you must know about lockdown revision:
  • The government will lift restrictions gradually across the country, starting this week.
  • From 31 May, there will be ease on domestic travel, holding prayers in mosques.
  • The government will lift restrictions gradually across the country, starting this week.
  • Shops, malls, wholesale will be allowed.
  • Curfew in Mecca will remain from 3 pm to 6 am from 21 June. Prayers will be allowed in mosques.
  • Mosques in Mecca and the city will be reopened from 21 June. However, the ban on Umrah, Hajj, and visiting holy sites will remain in place until further notification. Umrah and Hajj attract millions of people from across the world.
  • Mosques outside Mecca will be reopened gradually from 31 May to 20 June. However, followers must follow social distancing and other hygienic measures.
  • Gatherings exceeding 50 people will remain in place. These restrictions will be followed during weddings and funerals.  
  • According to the SPA, lockdown will be lifted entirely from 21 June.
  • From 28 May, all places, except Mecca, will have COVID19 curfew only from 3 pm – 6 am.
  • The authorities will allow usual and Friday prayers at the Al-Haram Al-Sharif Mosque from 31 May.
  • The domestic flight ban will also be lifted. However, the ban on international flights and travel will continue until the next announcement is made.
  • According to the latest count, there are 74,795 cases of novel corona in the Arab nation. There have been close to 400 related fatalities. About 2,000 new cases are reported from the country daily.
  • To fight COVID, the government had imposed a 24-hour curfew in the country. It was relaxed during the holy month of Ramadaan. Strict measures were also imposed again during the Eid-ul-Fitr, which was celebrated yesterday.  

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