Saudi Arabia government has decided to impose a 24-hour curfew in Makkah and Madina, while tightening precautionary measures for the Coronavirus prevention measures. Citizens will be allowed to come out on a limited basis from 6am to 3pm in extreme need, officials say.
According to the Saudi Media, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that a 24-hour curfew is being imposed in Makkah and Madina on the basis of ongoing efforts to combat the Coronavirus and the recommendations of the public health agencies. Residents are already banned from going out of town and entering anyone from outside.
According to Urdu News, the Interior Ministry says the 24-hour curfew is exempted only for those who are already exempted, citizens will have very limited permission to leave the house for groceries, essential supplies and medical necessity provided that They should be confined to their locality.
In a statement, the saudi government added that in the most urgent circumstances, exit from the house will be allowed from 6am to 3pm, in the meantime, citizens will be able to avail banking services and ATM services, but the rules are subject to the Saudi financial authority, Ministry of Interior and Health Ministry.
The Saudi Interior Ministry has said that during the 24-hour curfew, only adults will be allowed out of the home, while it has been decided to restrict children to home to prevent infectious disease.
Saudi Arabia government also said that the aforementioned decision would be implemented immediately (from Thursday 2 April today), that all commercial activities in the palace would be closed, except for food and commodities, petrol pumps, pharmacies and banks.