COVID-19: Saudi Bans Shisha and Tobacco as Precautionary Measure

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Saudi Arabia has banned cafes and restaurants in the Kingdom from serving shisha and tobacco as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs said. “Shisha and tobacco were banned in cafes and restaurants in all the municipalities as a precautionary measure to preserve the health of citizens and residents from coronavirus (COVID-19)”.

The ban has been implemented by local authorities in several Saudi cities, including the capital Riyadh. Inspections will be taking place by municipality teams to ensure that the restrictions are being followed.

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Teams from municipalities will make field inspections to ensure strict compliance with the ban. Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah who hailed the ban said, “Tobacco and shisha can cause infection transmission as they are shared.”

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