Saudi Arabia enforces curfew in Makkah, Madinah
Published : Thursday, 2 April, 2020 at 10:49 PM Count : 287
Saudi Arabia enforced a 24-hour daily curfew in Makkah and Madinah, effective immediately on Thursday, extending measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Saudi Press Agency reported quoting an official source at 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.
Residents are banned from entering or exiting the cities.
The official 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.
The source stated that the new measures were taken within the Kingdom’s efforts to confront coronavirus pandemic, and in implementation of the recommendations of competent health authorities to upgrade the degree of precautionary and preventive measures in Makkah and Madinah to protect the health and safety of citizens and expatriates.