Saudi Arabia extends restaurants, gyms restrictions for 20 days

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Interior has decided to extend the restrictions on the following activities for a period of 20 days starting from February 14, 2021;'

1 – All events and parties, including weddings, corporate meetings, and the like, in banquet halls, wedding halls, and hotels.

2 – The maximum number of human gatherings in social events shall not exceed 20 persons.

3 – All entertainment activities and events.

4 – Gyms, Sports Centers, Cinemas, Indoor entertainment centers, indoor games whether in restaurants or shopping centers.

5 – Dine-in service in restaurants and cafes. The violation may result in the closure of the whole restaurant for 30 days.

6 – The MOI encourages people to distribute funeral prayers in cemeteries at all times of the day to reduce the number of mourners at one time.

7 – The MOI tightens control over restaurants and cafes to ensure that precautionary measures are applied, and emphasize restaurants and cafes to activate the use of surveillance cameras, and set up warning panels that indicate that the place is monitored with cameras to ensure the extent of compliance with the precautionary measures and health protocols.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.