Covid-19: Bahrain imposes new restrictions, closes some public spaces
The decisions were made to be implemented from February 7 to 27.
The Bahrain government on Friday imposed a series of restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after a new rise in the number of infections in the country.
The National Medical Taskforce for combatting the coronavirus chaired by the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health, Lieutenant-General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, held a meeting to review the latest Covid-19 developments, including the latest increase in active cases, and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.
In response to recommendations made by the taskforce, the following decisions were made, to be implemented from Sunday February 7 to Saturday February 27.
* Government entities and institutions to allow a maximum of 70 per cent of employees to work from home.
* Temporary closure of in-door gyms and sports halls, and swimming pools, while outdoor exercising for gyms and sports halls may continue with a maximum of 30 individuals.
* Temporary suspension of indoor exercise classes.
* The prohibition of all social gatherings or private events held at home, and private locations, with more than 30 individuals.
* The Taskforce highlighted that these measures will further strengthen national efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and safeguard the health of the Kingdom’s community. In this regard, the Taskforce reiterated that the health of all citizens and residents remains the Kingdom’s top priority, adding that the responsibility is held by each member of society to ensure national mitigation efforts are implemented and understand the risks associated with complacency.
The taskforce further highlighted the importance of vigilantly following all precautionary and social distancing measures, stressing that legal action will be taken against individuals or facilities violating the decisions and measures issued by the Taskforce and relevant authorities.
The taskforce concluded by noting that relevant decisions on sector activities will be reviewed periodically according to the latest Covid-19 developments and statistics, in order to ensure the health and safety of all.
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