Official media: Saudi Arabia lifts most of its restrictions on COVID-19 on Sunday

A government source told the state-run Saudi News Agency (SPA) that restaurants, shopping centers and gyms will open their doors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday as part of a major easing of the restrictions of the Corona virus by the Gulf state.

An official source at the Ministry of Interior said that the decision to lift the suspension will be implemented from March 7.

This means that cinemas, indoor entertainment centers, restaurants, shopping malls and gymnasiums will reopen in the country after being closed for more than a month.

However, some restrictions will be maintained, including limiting gatherings of more than 20 people. According to the source, parties, weddings and corporate meetings in public places will remain illegal until further notice.

He also called on entrepreneurs and the general public to adhere to the rules aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, which has left more than 379,000 infected and more than 6,500 dead in Saudi Arabia.

The source said that Saudi authorities will increase inspections of companies in the coming weeks to make sure everyone adheres to the regulations.

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Riyadh imposed the restrictions on February 3, amid a spike in Covid-19 infections. The travel ban for Saudi citizens, which was due to expire on March 31, has been extended until May 17.

Last month, the kingdom also banned arrivals from 20 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, India and Pakistan. There are exceptions for diplomats, medical personnel, and Saudi passport holders returning home.

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