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saudi arabia omicron news: Kovid restrictions to return to Saudi from today; Masks should be worn everywhere

Riyadh: Saudi authorities have lifted Kovid controls in Saudi Arabia amid fears of an Omicron spread. As part of this, restrictions on all indoor and outdoor events, including mask understanding and social distance keeping, have been brought back. The new restrictions will take effect from 7 a.m. Thursday, Home Ministry officials said. The officials added that the situation in the country would be assessed immediately and necessary changes would be made in the regulations.

A fine of 1000 riyals for not wearing a mask

The Home Ministry has said it will reintroduce some of the restrictions previously lifted in the wake of rising Kovid spread in the country. Based on this, wearing a mask is mandatory in open areas and closed areas. Those who do not wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth will be fined 1,000 riyals, officials said. The home ministry said it would inspect public places and businesses as part of strict law enforcement.

Businesses need social distance

In addition to the masquerade agreement, a distance of one and a half meters was made mandatory in crowded areas, including businesses and malls. This, too, will be in effect from 7 a.m. Friday. These should also be worn on vehicles. It is up to the business owners to make sure that the customers who visit the establishments are wearing masks. Scanning the QR code is mandatory when entering stores. People should be admitted only after ensuring immunity status. People should be allowed inside only within a distance of one and a half meters from each other. Authorities warned of a fine of 10,000 riyals for violating the rules.

Only half the capacity people in the theater

Under the new restrictions, only 50 per cent of the capacity will be allowed in cinema theaters. This is in order to maintain a social distance by leaving a seat between people. But in a family, up to five people can be together. All you have to do is vacate the seat after they are seated. Masks and physical distance should be ensured in places of worship. The correct distance should be maintained while standing in line for prayer. Kovid restrictions will also apply to sports events, officials said.

Restrictions also apply to mosques in Makkah and Madinah

Meanwhile, the authorities said that more Kovid restrictions have been imposed on the holy shrines of Makkah and Madinah as places of pilgrimage for Muslims. Those who come for Umrah pilgrimage and those who pray in mosques should wear masks and maintain social distance. The restrictions will take effect from 7 a.m. Thursday, officials said. Care should be taken to maintain social distance while unfolding the image for prayer and while circling the Holy Kaaba. Kovid must follow the rules while doing other deeds. Those arriving in Makkah and Madinah must strictly follow the timetable given in the Tawakkalna and Itamarna apps, officials said. This is to avoid congestion. Authorities said the restrictions on harems also apply to employees. Meanwhile, the authorities have also directed to intensify preventive measures, including sanitation, in both harems.

More than 700 cases are reported daily

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Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said that the number of Kovid cases is increasing daily in the country. Fifty cases are increasing every day. Yesterday, the number of cases crossed 700 after months on Wednesday. 744 new cases were reported on Wednesday. Another died of Kovid infection the previous day, the health ministry said. This brings the total number of Kovid cases in the country to 554,665. The death toll rose to 8,874. Fifty people who are being treated for Kovid are in critical condition, officials said. The Ministry of Health also recommended that all those who are eligible to take the booster dose be vaccinated immediately as part of strengthening the immune system.

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