Saudi: Stores, Malls, Reopen with Strict Restrictions

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Saudi retail stores and shopping malls on Wednesday reopened their doors to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a strict set of rules in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Shoppers will have to undergo temperature checks at the entrance to stores with those showing readings of higher than 38 degrees Celsius being transferred to the nearest medical center.

Shoppers will also be required to keep two meters away from each other, wear face masks and gloves when using carriers, avoid testing products, and have no more than one accompanying person.

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Children under the age of 15 will not be allowed entry, while the elderly and people with chronic illnesses such as heart, lung and kidney diseases, and immunity-related conditions are being advised to stay at home.

Entertainment venues along with cafes and restaurants in shopping centers will remain closed along with fitting and prayer rooms.

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