New restrictions on the table, movement bans, earlier closing time for stores

Secretary of State in the Ministry of Interior Raed Arafat announced on Thursday evening that in the localities where the incidence of COVID-19 infection exceeds 4 per thousand, movement will be allowed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 20:00, and the activity of the economic operators will take place until 18:00.

“As for the time frame when movement is allowed: where the incidence is over 4 per thousand in the last 14 days, traffic will be allowed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 20:00, and for economic operators, the activity will be allowed until 18:00. This measure no longer applies during the weekend when the incidence falls below 3.5 per thousand,” said Raed Arafat in a press conference at Victoria Palace.

Initially, there was a proposal that the movement of people outside localities with an infection rate higher than 3 per 1,000 inhabitants should be banned, with some exceptions such as for justified reasons: for work, to take care of a minor, elderly or ill person or for medical assistance, but the measure has been dropped.

So, stores will close earlier during the weekend in localities with a rate higher than 4 per 1,000, at 6 p.m. If the rate is higher than 7, stores will close down at 6 p.m. during the whole week.

Gym and fitness centers will be shut down.

According to the draft, movement of people is allowed outside their house/household during April 3-April 5, on the Catholic Easter and during May 1-May 2, Orthodox Easter to attend religious services.

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