In Saudi Arabia, the curfew for coronavirus will end on June 21, but not for Mecca


From this week, Saudi Arabia will gradually begin to ease the rigorous isolation measures imposed for more than two months to hinder the spread of coronavirus. It will return to normal in three phases which will end with the end of the curfew from June 21, which will apply throughout the country except for Mecca. Pilgrimages to the holiest city in Islam will remain suspended indefinitely.

In Saudi Arabia there have been 74,795 coronavirus cases and 399 deaths so far. Although there are still more than 2000 cases of contagion per day, on Thursday 28 May the first phase of reopening will begin, which will consist in reducing the curfew from 15:00 to 6:00 in the morning. The 24-hour curfew had been imposed in all the major cities of the country, loosened during Ramadan, but again imposed during the five-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr which began on Sunday. From May 28, circulation between regions will also be possible and some retail and wholesale activities may reopen. The opening of shopping centers is also authorized.

In the second phase, from 30 May, it will be possible to leave the house between 6:00 and 20:00 and domestic, but not international, flights can resume. In all mosques, except in Mecca, it will be possible to return to pray, respecting the measures of physical and sanitary distancing. In this second phase, meetings with more than 50 people will not yet be possible, including weddings and funerals.

The curfew will therefore end on June 21, but the Saudis will still be obliged to respect physical distancing and to take all necessary precautions to reduce the possibility of contagion such as the use of the mask and frequent disinfection of the hands.

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