Saudi: Riyadh, Mecca, Medina – Entry and Exit Banned

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Residents in Saudi Arabia are banned from entering or exiting Riyadh, Mecca and Medina as of Thursday, according to new coronavirus prevention measures approved by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

King Salman also approved a measure that bans residents in the Kingdom’s 13 regions from travelling between different areas.

In a larger effort to contain the spread of the deadly virus, the recently imposed curfew will begin at 3 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. in the tree cities of Riyadh, Mecca and Medina as of Thursday, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

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The ministry said curfew exemptions still apply to those in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media. Those who work in health services are also excluded from the curfew.

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