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Saudi: Nearly 650 businesses shut down for violating health measures

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Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Municipality has shut down 648 businesses over the past week for violating COVID-19 health protocols, Saudi media reported.

The municipality said on its Twitter account that 24,000 inspection visits were made last week to verify the businesses’ compliance with health and municipal requirements, resulting in the closure of 648 companies.

As per the newly-revised Saudi protocols, businesses are required to adhere to precautionary measures which include providing their staff with disinfectants and sanitisers, taking the temperatures of both staff and customers at the entrances of shopping malls.

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Other measures include sterilising shopping trolleys and baskets after each use, sanitising facilities and surfaces, closing children’s play areas and fitting rooms in shopping malls and ready-wear outlets.

Any gathering of shoppers or workers inside or outside a shopping mall in a way that exceeds the numbers stipulated in the precautionary measures and preventive measures, will attract a penalty of SR5,000 for each person exceeding the stipulated numbers, but not exceeding SR100,000.



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