Saudi Arabia has partially lifted the curfew in most regions from 9am to 5pm until Wednesdayon orders of King Salman. However, Makkah and other other neighborhoods that were previously isolated will remain under curfew according to the state news agency.
Restrictions have also been aced on the commercial sector and some activities have been allowed including wholesale, retail shops and malls to open from 29 April to 30 April.
Based on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s care and keenness of the health and safety of citizens and expatriates as well as what have been submitted by the relevant health authorities regarding the measures to confront the novel coronavirus for the possibility of implementing a partial curfew and the return of some economic activities in line with health instructions, and with his desire to facilitate on citizens and expatriates,
In addition to the excluded activities mentioned in the previous orders, some commercial and economic activities are allowed to reopen during the aforementioned period in the first provision starting from April 29 until May 13 in the following fields: wholesale and retail trade stores and shopping centres (malls).
However, there are still restrictions on businesses that don’t follow social distancing and these include beauty clinics, beauty parlors, barber shops, sports and health clubs, cinemas, restaurants and other food establishments.
Construction companies and factories can continue their work without any time restriction due to the nature of their work.
The order also called for continued social distancing and even restriction on unnecessary gatherings for more than five people.
The royal order further stated:
Based on the instructions, precautionary and preventive measures approved by the Ministry of Health and the competent authorities, the authorities responsible for monitoring economic, commercial and industrial activities must follow up the compliance with the precautionary and preventive measures in order to submit daily reports thereon,
It was also warned that if the guidelines are not followed, strict action will be taken and facilities will be closed.