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Covid: Suspension of events, dine-in services extended in Saudi Arabia

Reuters/Riyadh
Filed on February 14, 2021 | Last updated on February 14, 2021 at 11.39 am
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Restrictions could be extended even further depending on Covid cases.

Saudi Arabia has extended by 20 days restrictions on entertainment activities, gatherings, and dine-in restaurant services to curb the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SPA said on Sunday, citing an interior ministry statement.

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The announcement extends a set of measures brought in ten days ago. The restrictions, which come into effect from 10pm local time on Sunday evening, could be extended again, the ministry statement said.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced the suspension of entry for non-citizens for a period of two weeks in light of surging coronavirus cases in both Gulf countries.

The preventative measures include the following restrictions:

1. Attendance at social events and gatherings should not exceed 20 people.

2. All public entertainment and events are suspended.

3. Cinemas, indoor entertainment centres and independent game centres, including those located in restaurants, malls, or other public places, gyms and sports centres are closed.

4.Dining service are suspended at restaurants and cafes and and limiting it to providing take away services without allowing any gathering that results from those external requests.

The source noted the importance of everyone's commitment, in addition to adhering to the other precautionary measures mentioned in the previous statement, related to events, meetings, gatherings, parties, and funerals.





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