Saudi Arabia to enforce nationwide 24-hour curfew for Eid holiday

Published May 13, 2020
published by the state news agency said.

A Saudi woman wearing protective gloves shops at a supermarket in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 11. — Reuters/File
published by the state news agency said. A Saudi woman wearing protective gloves shops at a supermarket in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 11. — Reuters/File

Saudi Arabia will enforce a countrywide 24-hour curfew during the five-day Eidul Fitr holiday later this month to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.

The curfew will apply from May 23-May 27 following the end of the fasting month of Ramazan.

Until then, commercial and business enterprises will remain open as they now are and people can move freely between 9am local time and 5pm, except in Makkah which remains under a full curfew, the statement published by state news agency SPA said.

Saudi Arabia had earlier imposed 24-hour curfews on most towns and cities but eased them for the start of Ramazan. It did not loosen the full isolation lockdowns implemented in some areas with high numbers of coronavirus infections.

The kingdom has so far recorded 42,925 cases of the Covid-19 respiratory disease and 264 deaths.

These are the highest numbers in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which together have recorded more than 107,000 cases and 582 deaths.

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