The Crown Prince highlighted that safeguarding the health of citizens and residents remains the Kingdom’s top priority.
He added that additional precautionary guidelines will be issued to preserve the health and safety of all during the holy month:
- Iftar (breaking fast) will be limited to small family gatherings
- Refraining from organising and/or attending Ramadan Majlises and Ghabga’s
- Refraining from hosting public Iftar banquets
- Refraining from Gerga’oun and Weda’ gatherings
- Refraining from the public distribution of iftar packages
- Zakat Al-Fitr kiosks will be replaced with electronic platforms and applications for the collection and distribution of Zakat Al-Fitr.
In addition, the following enterprises will continue to operate as normal:
- Hypermarkets, supermarkets, cold stores, butchers, as well as stores that sell vegetables, fish or meat
- All forms of bakeries
- All petrol/gas stations
- Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and opticians
- Banks and money exchange agencies
- Factories and manufacturing enterprises
- Administrative offices of enterprises whose activities do not involve direct interaction with customers
- Enterprises that export, import or distribute goods
- Automotive workshops and garages, and shops that sell spare parts
- Enterprises in the construction and maintenance sector.
Effective from 19h00 on 23 April 2020 until 07 May 2020, the following decisions will be implemented:
- Movie theatres, commercial sports gymnasiums, fitness studios, swimming pools, centres for recreational activities, and Salons will remain closed
- Shisha Cafes, and services offered by these cafes, are limited to takeout and delivery of food only
- Restaurants, tourist facilities and locations serving food are to remain limited to external orders and delivery services
- All non-essential medical services provided by private health clinics are to remain suspended
- The first hour of grocery store openings remains dedicated to the elderly and pregnant women
- Public gatherings are to remain limited to 5 individuals or fewer. Individuals are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, and only leave home when necessary
- Face masks are to be worn by all citizens and residents when in public
- Commercial and industrial enterprises providing goods or services directly to customers are to be limited to online sales and deliveries
- Telecom service centres will provide customer services under necessary circumstances, while abiding by social distancing measures.