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 revise curfew timings in Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan.
The Recent Announcement by the King Salman
According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that,
King Salman on Wednesday issued a statement to enforce 24 hour curfew, from May 23 to May 27, in all cities including Riyadh, Dammam, Tabuk, Dhahran, Hofuf, Jeddah, Taif, Qatif , Khobar & other cities except makkahallowing residents to go outside for necessary needs between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
— إمارة منطقة مكة (@makkahregion) May 12, 2020
Will Residents be Allowed to go Outside During 24 Hours Curfew
Under the curfew, Saudi citizens and Saudi expats will be allowed to leave their houses for medical care and to obtain food supplies near their supermarkets from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Currently the timings where residents are allowed to go outside for basic needs between 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.
A maximum 2 people will be allowed in one car at a time, the driver and the person going out for food or medical care. The first day of Ramadan is expected on Friday April 24th, 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.|