Saudi Arabia issues a 24 hour curfew in Makkah & Madinah - The holy cities will remain under curfew until further notice

Saudi Arabia issues a 24 hour curfew in Makkah & Madinah

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior implemented a 24-hour curfew in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah on Thursday to limit the spread of coronavirus, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Under the curfew, which will be enforced until further notice, residents will be allowed to leave their houses for medical care and to obtain food supplies in their respective neighborhoods from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

A maximum of two people will be allowed to travel in one car at a time – the driver and the person going out to buy food or obtain medical care.

The ministries of health and interior will work with the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to set up procedures for the use of banking services and ATMs.

Groups which were previously excluded from the curfew, such as workers in the health industry, will still be allowed to leave for work.

All commercial activities in the two cities – apart from pharmacies, supermarkets, banks and petrol stations – will be stopped.

Authorities called on residents to protect children and only allow adults to leave the house, and advised them to use delivery services for groceries and food as much as possible.

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  1. Saudi Arabia enforced a 24-hour daily curfew in Mecca and Medina, effective immediately on Thursday, until further notice, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior. Residents in both cities may leave their homes only for necessary reasons such as buying food and for medical care only between the hours of 6 a.m. till 3 p.m. Residents going out must remain within their residential area.

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  2. 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. A total of 1,885 people have contracted the virus in Saudi Arabia as of Thursday and 21 people have died, according to the health ministry. Of the total cases, 328 people have recovered.

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