Every day the situation of the Coronavirus becomes worst. Another hour, another minute Coronavirus (Covid-19) has become the biggest headline with rapidly changing economic, social, and mental challenges around the globe. With countries like china known as 3rd superpower is feeling helpless and trying its best to combat the deadly disease, other countries believe in taking the necessary precautionary steps to avoid the incidence of the lethal virus in the country.
Saudi Arabia is very keen on protecting its citizens and Saudi expats from Coronavirus, which is depicted by the various statements and orders passed by the authorities over a while, from restricting traveling to avoiding gathering at mosques and Holy mosques.
The country is trying its level best to have no case of Coronavirus. Under these circumstances, a new order has been issued by the King Salman to imposes a curfew in Saudi Arabia.
The Earlier Announcement by the King Salman
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that,
King Salman on Wednesday issued an order changing a curfew timings in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah starting from Thursday March 26,2020 3:00 pm to 6:00 am for 21 days, to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
In this partial curfew in Riyadh, Makkah and Madinah there would be no entry or exit to and from the said areas during the period. Local citizens and Saudi expats of 13 Saudi regions will not be allowed to visit other regions.
Clarification of Timing for Curfew in Jeddah?
The Makkah region has clarified that,
The earlier order of King Salman in respect to changing the timings of curfew includes Riyadh, Madinah and Makkah city only, therefore the timings of curfew in Jeddah will remain same like before (i.e. 7:00 pm to 6:00 am).
قرار تمديد فترة منع التجوّل الصادر حديثاً والذي يبدأ غداً (الخميس) من الساعة الـ 3 عصراً وحتى الـ 6 صباحاً يخصّ مدينة #مكة_المكرمة ( #العاصمة_المقدسة )
.. لا يشمل جدة ومحافظات المنطقة الأخرى والتي سيكون منع التجوّل فيها من الـ 7 مساءً وحتى الـ 6 صباحاً pic.twitter.com/5LnQss40LE
— إمارة منطقة مكة (@makkahregion) March 25, 2020
Certain Activities are Exempted from Curfew in Saudi Arabia
A subsequent statement issued by the Ministry of Interior and carried by SPA said those excluded from the curfew are workers from the following vital industries and government services. Here are the following sector/ activities exempted from curfew.
|Health sector||Such as Pharmacies and the like, Medical Clinics (dispensaries), Hospitals, Laboratories, Factories, Factories and Materials and Medical devices.|
|Food Sector||Such as Catering and Supermarkets and Poultry and Vegetable Shops, Meat, Bakeries, Food factories and Laboratories.|
|Media Sector||It means various means.|
|Transportation Sector||Such as those Transporting goods, Parcels, Customs Clearance, Warehouses, Logistics Services, Supply Chains for the Health sector, the Food sector, and Port operations.|
|Energy Sector||Such as Gas stations and Emergency services for the Electric company.|
|Financial services and insurance sector||Such as direct Accidents (Najm), Urgent health insurance services (approvals), and other insurance services.|
|Telecom sector||Such as Internet and Communication network operators.|
|Water Sector||Such as the Water company emergency services and home Drinking Water delivery service.|
|E-Commerce Activities||Such as those working in the electronic procurement applications for the excluded activities and those working in the delivery applications of the excluded activities.|
|Accomodation Services||Such as Hotels and Furnished Apartments.|